Nearly one third of military suicides are affected by family issues – divorce, family court, custody battles. One third. Those are just the ones we are absolutely certain of.
Second Class Citizen came into being when we realized just how badly service members and Veterans get chewed up and spit out by the family court system. It happened to us, as NCOs. We, each of us, barely made it out alive – literally.
A lower enlisted or junior officer is no match for even a run-of-the-mill civilian divorce attorney, and typically cannot afford one of their own. Lower enlisted & junior officers have just truly learned to follow orders and have not yet started learning to lead. Consequently, they are extremely susceptible to pressure, suggestion, threats, or just plain being told what to do. By the time they have started to figure out what is truly going on, they have already lost everything. Home. Paycheck. Dignity. Spouse. Children. It is a wonder that this number is not higher. Some MOSs (Military Occupational Specialty) have divorce rates of 92% or higher.
Second Class Citizen believes this number will be higher once we can accurately analyze data from surrounding years, for service members and Veterans. We believe it may even be as high as 65%, based on preliminary studies.