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Military divorce often unpleasant reality for returning veterans

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

While military service has often proven tough on marriages, the divorce rate among veterans coming home from serving in the Middle East has nearly doubled during the course of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, according to recent reports. One Navy medic returning from duty in Afghanistan discovered that unpleasant truth a month before he was scheduled to come home. His only signs of the impending divorce were a questionable email from his wife and then the fact that he couldn't manage to get in contact with her. Many servicemen and women throughout Texas face the same unwelcome reality.

Several sources indicate that the rate of military divorce has increased about 42 percent for veterans coming back from active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. The 24-year-old Navy medic returned from Afghanistan with 40 other men who are now also getting a divorce. He said that he and his wife of two years spoke every day, but even that couldn't erase the reality of their lengthy separation, and the couple is now preparing for divorce.

The young man's Navy contract is due to expire in March of 2013, and he still hasn't decided whether or not to re-enlist. While he appreciates his chance to practice trauma medicine overseas, he is considering leaving the military because of the role it played in the split-up between him and wife. If he does decide to leave the military, he wants to pursue a career in nursing or as a paramedic. He looks forward to the freedom to choose the path he wants for the future.

Whatever decision the young man makes, military divorce has undoubtedly had a huge impact on his life, as it does for many servicemen and women in El Paso and throughout Texas. Deciding to end a marriage is never easy, but sometimes doing so is the right choice for both parties to make a fresh and peaceful start.

Source: Montgomery Media, "Harleysville veteran moves forward after service in Afghanistan," Jennifer Connor, June 11, 2012

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