Sunday, November 6, 2011

Veteran's Day: Supporting Our Separated & Divorced Veterans

Photo used under Creative Commons from US Army Africa

 by Nigel Lawson

With the end of the war in Iraq and return of 40,000 troops by the holidays, this Veteran's Day is one to be thankful for.  When we honor our troops this year, it's not only important to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our country, but  it's equally important to support returning soldiers who may still face obstacles here at home. 

Aside from the physical injury, post-tramatic stress disorder, government red tape over disability benefits, and simply assimilating back into civilian life, many returning veterans must also deal with the challenges of divorce.  According to Pentagon statistics, since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, the divorce rate among military personnel has increased from  2.6 percent to 3.6 percent in 2010.  The Pentagon also reported 9% of enlisted women had their marriage end in divorce - about three times that of enlisted men at just over 3%.

Having supported our troops abroad, it is now our duty to continue supporting them on their arrival back home.  If you have a friend or family member who is a separated or divorced veteran, you can start by providing them emotional support. Soldiers are trained to be tough, but everyone going through a separation or divorce needs someone to talk to. Be that person.

Read more and watch a video about the challenges of separated and divorced veterans and support systems available for them at USA Today. Military.  Please post your comments below, and God Bless Our Veterans.


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