Military spouse unemployment is a serious problem for the 641,639 people who are married to active-duty service members. Nearly half of those significant others are unemployed, according to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released on June 14.
Just a few years ago, 38-year-old Daniela Greene was an FBI translator with top-secret clearance and married to a U.S. soldier. In 2014, she told friends she was travelling to Germany to visit family. Instead, she flew to Turkey, crossed the border into Syria, and married one of ISIS’s most notorious recruiters — the very target she’d been previously assigned to investigate.
In the military, dating has garnered somewhat of a dubious reputation. Between fear of falling for a mooch, long distance with limited contact, and all the normal struggles that come with any relationship, sometimes you’re left wondering if it might not be easier to get a dog, because she will love you no matter what.