2nd Deployments Tough On Marriages

War taking toll on 101st marriages
Some strong marriages that survived first tour aren’t weathering the second

By CHANTAL ESCOTO
The Leaf-Chronicle

Though no definitive numbers are available, some think an increase in divorce among Fort Campbell families is possibly linked to multiple deployments. Lei Stivers thinks her 12-year marriage ended because of the 101st Airborne’s latest tour in Iraq.

“I think it’s a lot worse this time. I don’t know what happened, but this deployment was tougher than OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) 1,” Stivers said.

About 20,000 soldiers of the 101st returned between August and November after serving a year in Iraq. The first time the division deployed to Iraq was from March 2003 to March 2004. The division is expected to deploy yet again sometime this year. Stivers said after her husband served her with divorce papers while on his two-week rest and relaxation leave during the summer, she realized she wasn’t alone.

“Everything seemed fine to me, and when he returned home, it was totally different,” Stivers said.

She has since started a support group for divorced spouses that includes both men and women. Stivers said although the Army offers workshops and programs for families, she thinks more can be done.

Read the rest at The Leaf Chronicle.

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~ by Anthony on January 15, 2007.

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