How does marriage counseling for active duty soldiers work?

Question by J: How does marriage counseling for active duty soldiers work?
My husband’s in the 82nd and we’ve been having some marital problems since he got back from Iraq 8 months ago…its to the point now we need counseling or a separation. The Army isn’t exactly a 9 – 5 job and marriage counselors aren’t 24/7, so would my husband’s unit let him have time off to see one?
We just decided tonight on counseling and I’m going to start looking for one tomorrow…I’m just curious how it would work.

Best answer:

Answer by Above All
Well, if you two really really couldn’t find a counselor who could help you around his work schedule (normally once per week), he could certainly ask for an hour off per week. His CO doesn’t have to grant it (unless he’s suffering from PTSD or similar) but there’s no harm in trying.

However, most marriage counselors and therapists are available from 8am to 8pm or later. When I was younger and my parents were going through marriage counseling, my mother worked second shift and my father worked third shift, but they found someone to work with them at 7am on Mondays.

Best of luck.

—EDIT—
Awesome! What a great decision to make, by the way. I’m sure you’ll find a good marriage counselor willing to work with your crazy schedules – it may take a bit of digging.

Wish you all the best.

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