Study: Combat vets 62 percent more likely to lose marriages

While politicians and generals determine what’s next for Iraqis, recent research raises questions about what’s next for the families of the American soldiers concluding combat operations in Iraq. Combat veterans’ first marriages are 62 percent more likely to end in separation or divorce than other men’s, according to a study led by a Brigham Young University professor. “While the war may be mostly over, its effects on the soldiers who fought it may be just beginning,” said Sven Wilson, an assistant professor of political science. “We found that combat experience is an important risk factor for divorce or separation.”