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First Aid for the First Responder Marriage

By Erin Prater
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First responder marriages are at high risk for marital disharmony, infidelity and divorce.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a “man in uniform” or a woman who, at one time, found herself attracted to one – so much so that she married him. Hopefully that attraction (as well as your marriage) remains strong today.

If not, you’re in good company. First responder marriages, or marriages in which at least one spouse serves as a police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT) or related public-servant position, are at high risk for marital disharmony, infidelity and divorce. First responders work long hours, face frequent danger, witness countless traumatizing events and are at a higher risk for mental illness, substance abuse and suicide.

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why you’re lonelier in a first responder marriage than you were when you were single, this set of articles is for you. Contained within are practical tips, prayer points and glimpses of hope.

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