There was more sad news on the military front this week, and I’m not talking about death, injuries or bombings: military families are divorcing at a higher rate than at any other time in the past 16 years according to a story in USA Today.
What’s even more depressing is that almost half of all active duty service members have children … nearly 40 percent of whom are under 5. More than a third of first-time military parents are just 21 years old or younger! Is anyone truly surprised with this new divorce statistic?
There is a silver lining to this dark cloud, however. Parents as Teachers Heroes at Home programs are bringing professional parenting support and child development information right to the homes of these young military families. This unique program builds on and enhances existing military support programs by addressing areas that help families with young children adapt to military life, such as the informal support networks that have been repeatedly cited by military spouses as critical to coping with military life.
It’s a bright star in this season of hope.