Returning Combat Veterans Offered Marriage Retreats

Ralph and Michelle Lynn’s marriage was floundering until, at Michelle’s urging, they attended a VA marriage retreat three years ago. Now things are different. Photo courtesy of VA Health Care online news.

Two VA chaplains from Augusta, Georgia came up with the idea to give combat veterans and their spouses an opportunity to readjust after returning from war.

“Research shows that 70 percent of our combat Veterans are experiencing marital problems,” VA Chaplain Ron Craddock told the VA Health Care online news. “Twenty percent of them decide to divorce before they even return from theatre. This is staggering. The toll on the individual Veteran is staggering. The toll on his family is staggering.”

The idea of retreats for married combat veterans is expanding. It’s now offered in San Diego, according to the VA Health Care article, and plans are in the works to offer similar retreats at 20 other VA medical centers.

The program initially was open to only Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, but is now open to anyone who has worn a uniform. You can read more about the retreat program and what if offers HERE.

For more information on VA’s marriage retreat program, call 706-733-0188, extension 6118, 6114, or 6172.

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