The divorce rate in the U.S. hover between 40 and 50 percent, but that number jumps to 80 percent for combat veterans. The suicide rate for veterans is also staggeringly high.
The reasons why those numbers are so astronomical are complicated and wide-ranging. Many veterans return with PTSD and struggle to transition back into civilian life after being gone for so long. Inevitably, they encounter family friction and many turn to alcohol and narcotics as a means to cope.
Iraq veteran Michael Priddy recently completed a 2,700-mile cross-country bike trip to raise awareness about veteran divorce and suicide rates. He discusses why so many veterans end up facing divorce and explains what the Mighty Oaks Warrior Program is doing to help those families.