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Retreats available for military families considering divorce

Monday, May 21, 2018

Military families in the El Paso area know that long deployments, lots of travel and an extremely heavy workload can increase stress in an otherwise stable household. When service members are deployed for long periods of time, coming home to Texas can be a challenge when so much may have changed, both at home and with the service member.

The latest statistics from the Pentagon show that military divorce rates have gone up considerably since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The statistics also indicate that the divorce rate for military members is still on the rise.

When a service member's deployment into a violent war zone is finished, coming home again often presents the difficult task of re-assimilating into family life. This adjustment can be extremely trying since many military members are also experiencing complicated after-effects of their time overseas.

That is why a number of organizations are focusing their efforts on helping service members re-adjust to life at home after war. These non-profit organizations have created retreats and classes for military families, providing a way for military couples to reopen the lines of communication. The retreats also address such difficult issues as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and intimacy after war.

These retreats may not be for everyone, but they could offer some spouses and military members an opportunity to rethink their relationship before deciding on divorce. Military family life can be very complex after an overseas deployment, and that is why a low-stress environment might prove helpful for couples who are trying to reconnect. And for military couples for whom divorce is the wisest decision, taking steps to keep the lines of communication open may ultimately help the couple end the marriage in a more equitable manner.

Source: MSNBC, "Marriage retreats combat high rate of military divorce," Jasmin Aline Persch, Feb. 7, 2012

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