Arkansas' 39th Infantry Brigade Seeing Marital Strains

NOVEMBER 28, 2005 - Posted at 3:44 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Members of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade are seeing a number of divorces that followed the unit's return from Iraq.

There is no official statistic kept on the marital status of the brigade's 3,000 members.  But Captain Joel Garrison of the Arkansas National Guard says an estimated ten percent of the 39th has divorced or separated since returning from Iraq last spring.

Garrison says the service puts a particular strain on guard members.  Army soldiers get several days off each month during training, but members of the Arkansas Guard had less than two weeks off over a six-month span before going to war.

Garrison says counseling is available on the base, but unit members are scattered across the state.

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