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Pentagon: Military divorces at highest level in a decade

The Pentagon has reported that the military divorce rate is the highest it has been in 10 years. Just last year alone, there were over 30,000 divorces that involved a spouse serving in the military. It is clear that the trauma of serving in combat is not left behind when soldiers return home to their families, resulting in ever-increasing military divorce rates across the United States

The emotional juxtaposition that soldiers face is that they are trained to restrain their emotions in order to be effective on the battlefield. When they return home, they are encouraged to express their emotions, resulting in a stressful dichotomy that can irrevocably harm their marriages.

Military personnel from New Orleans are experiencing this same type of stress that is affecting soldiers throughout the United States. The military is encouraging soldiers to talk about this stress when they return from deployment, so that issues can be identified and resolved, before emotions erupt and marriages suffer.

One top-enlisted soldier in the Army's Special Operations Command unit recently spoke about his marriage difficulties after numerous cycles in-and-out of deployment. He began having nightmares and then his wife reported that he attempted to strangle her during the night, which he had no recollection of doing. The military told him his nightmares were normal, but his marriage was still suffering, until counseling helped the couple identify and talk about their emotions.

Now the couple is trying to assist other military families so that they can keep their marriages strong and intact. This couple realizes that many military families are experiencing these same types of stress. The couple hopes that they can serve as positive mentors for other military families, in an effort to keep these families intact by learning to share their emotions.

Source: CBS News, "Trouble on the home front? Military divorces on the rise," Michelle Miller, July 18, 2012

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