Behavior: P.O.W. Divorce Surge

Alan Kroboth, 27, was an American prisoner of war in Viet Nam for "275 days, 14 hours, 36 minutes and 14 seconds." Shortly after he returned home to New Jersey to a hero's welcome and a beaming wife in 1973, his marriage began to unravel. Now Kroboth has joined the rapidly growing ranks of ex-P.O.W.s who have become ex-husbands since they returned home.

Military records show that as of last October the divorce rate for former P.O.W.s stood at 27%—about twice the normal rate for men of their age group. By now, the percentage has certainly climbed far higher. Recently, the Navy's...

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