Upsetting
Friday, September 12, 2003
 
Bess K. Stone, who works for Fort Stewart's Army Community Service, an organization that provides assistance to soldiers and their families during deployments, led hundreds of battle-wearied soldiers of the brigade's Second Battalion, Seventh Infantry, through a similar discussion last week on the difference between the sheer physical gratification of sexual relations, and more complex emotional intimacy.

"Your expectations and your spouse's expectations regarding your sexual relations are different," she told them. "They are going to want to re-establish intimate relations."

Soldiers, being soldiers, irreverently call them the "don't beat your wife" briefings, but the sessions are the sobering outgrowth of a wave of murders and suicides last year involving soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., after their return from the war in Afghanistan. There were four murders and three suicides, all involving special operations forces who had been in Afghanistan.
 
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