Male military spouses lack support as divorce rates soar

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Husbands face the same emotional challenges as military wives, but when it comes to support, some tend to feel alone.

While some struggles are unique to men, others are similar to those military's wives face.

FORT HOOD, TX (KCEN) - Women make up 15% of America's active duty force, with a divorce rate nearly three times their male counterparts'.

Their husbands face the same emotional challenges as military wives, but when it comes to support, some tend to feel alone.

He has felt the pressures of being a man married to the service.

While some struggles are unique to men, others are similar to those military's wives face.

But when it comes to talking about those challenges, he found local spouse groups to be very welcoming, yet geared toward woman.

That was especially true when his wife's, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Marisol Allen's, career took them to Germany.

Now David has found camaraderie in an online organization called Macho Spouse, which includes an online forum created for men by men.

Chris traveled the country collecting video interviews from other military husbands and experts, which he produced and can be seen on http://malemilspouse.com/.

David says his heart sunk in January when he heard of a suspected double murder/suicide on Fort Hood that left one male dependent and two children dead.

The need for more outlets like Macho Spouse is expected to grow as military demographers predict women will account for 25 percent of the armed forces within a decade.


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