Hidden Struggles Of Military Spouses

"If you are reading this, you should know that I am dead," wrote a 27-year-old Army wife on her blog last year, before she attempted to take her own life. Jessica Harp's blog post rippled through the military spouse community. I know what she feels like. It could have been me. Suddenly, the struggles of military spouses made it to the national stage.

And there are lots of them. Of course there are the extended separations, keeping house by your lonesome, the uncertainty of where your partner is or what they're doing or if they're in harm's way. But the military spouse endures so many other less obvious trials. And while these are shared daily in the military spouse community, particularly in its highly active online arm, they're probably rarely discussed by most Americans who are preoccupied with their own work-family issues.

So AOL Jobs spoke to three leading military spouse bloggers: Lori Volkman (pictured above), author of WittyLittleSecret.com, who was one of this year's BlogHer's "Voice of the Year"; Jacey Eckhart, the co-editor of SpouseBuzz.com, the editor of the spouse section of Military.com, and author of three books on military spousehood; and 2011 Army Spouse of the Year Crystal Cavalier. They told us about some of the issues that our country's 613,000 civilian military spouses face that seldom get splashy headlines. And may not have ever entered the thoughts of most Americans.

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