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World Progress Report with Joan Lunden Focus on Rising Military Divorce Rates.

Boca Raton, FL, May 07, 2010 --( Coming home after any deployment should be an exciting and welcome change for our returning military personnel. Seeing family and friends after months or years of being away should call for a celebration. However, not all families are happily reunited.

Prolonged deployments, frustrations at home and increasing demands on both military personnel and their families, has led to an increasing number of divorces. In fact, new research shows that military divorce rates continue to climb. According to the, "In the 2009 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, there were an estimated 27,312 divorces among the nearly 765,000 married members of the active-duty Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, according to figures provided by the Pentagon." The studies reflect an approximate 3.6 percent divorce rate which is a full percentage point higher than when the 2001 September 11th terrorist attacks first occurred. "Every marriage has controllable and uncontrollable factors," Joe Davis, spokesman for the organization Veterans of Foreign Wars said. "But when you interject eight years of war, preparing for war, being at war, coming home and having to think about going back to war again - and when you have children - it just has a tremendous impact on the family unit."

Divorce is never easy, especially in the military. However, the weight of deployments and the pressures of responsibilities for those left behind are unfortunately taking their toll. Though support systems are available, the percentage rates for divorce continue to rise. "The military prides itself on taking care of military families - and it is true that they do that," Davis said. "Still, at the end of the day, it's that one mother or father who has to go home and close the door and be home alone with their children. There's nothing you can do that will end the stress of having a loved one at war... until the war ends," Davis said. The Public Television series, World Progress Report, hopes to highlight the organizations and people dedicated to making a change to this growing statistic. "Despite the escalating numbers of divorces within the military, we hope that families will begin to look past their current frustrations and really try to invest in saving their marriage. We certainly hope that these studies will reflect a more encouraging outcome in the future," said the Executive Producer of the series.

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