Helping the casualties of war on the home front
It’s a lot better than death, but it’s a lot worse than being together. I’m talking about when a person in a military family has a long tour of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, or some other overseas post, 18 months in many cases, often longer. Emails and phone calls can make it a little better, but it’s still rough. Let’s face it — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created another kind of casualty: the large number of divorces among military families.
Since the war in Iraq has started, the divorce rate among enlisted personnel has gone up to 3.6 percent. And that’s every year. Divorce is now a marital IED lying in wait for any military family.
The same stresses that hurt marriages have an impact on the children of military families. So what can you do if you’re in this situation to increase your odds of thriving as a couple and as a family?