CBS is creating a reality TV dating show and encouraging military widows to answer the casting call.
Based on an Israeli series called “3,” CBS plans to create an American version where, “three single women, of different ages with different life experiences and backgrounds, who have never met before, come together for a common goal — to hopefully find true love,” said casting producer Viva Carr.
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At the beginning of the war in Afghanistan (2001) the overall military divorce rate was at 2.6 percent and at the end of 2011 that figure rose to 3.7 percent. In terms of raw numbers it was something like 30,000 marriages that ended during the 2011 fiscal year. This puts the military at a higher divorce rate than US civilians, which was last recorded at 3.5 percent in 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These numbers can seem dramatic and troubling, and while they are obviously a signal that something is wrong, it is good to know that organizations and groups are also taking notice and measures are being taken to help military enter into healthy relationships and keep military marriages strong through rough times.