The Petraeus Scandal’s Effect on Military Marriages

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Army photo / Staff Sgt Donna Davis

An Army warrant officer kisses his wife goodbye for the last time before heading out for a year-long tour in Afghanistan.

Why has the Petraeus scandal reduced me to a wet towel and tears? I watched the Petraeuses on TV and noted that, like my husband, the general is in that Cary Grant stage of a military career. I watch them and I am suddenly aware I look less like the buxom nurse in “Operation Petticoat” and more like Mr. Grant’s co-star, Tony Curtis, every day. And not the young Tony Curtis, either.

That’s from a poignant – but funny — op-ed in Friday’s New York Times by Jacey Eckhart, the “spouse editor” of

Full thing, here.