Dr. Laura on Military Wives

Radio talk show host "Dr. Laura" Schlessinger says she's tired of all the complaints she hears from military wives.

She says those wives "aren't dodging bullets" so she doesn't want to hear any whining.

Schlessinger's remarks came Friday during her visit to Utah. The talk show host broadcast her daily national radio program from the Fort Douglas theater here.

Popularly known as just "Dr. Laura," Schlessinger holds a doctorate in physiology and is a former marriage, family and child counselor in California.

Schlessinger's son, Deryk, is in the Army. She says his tour of duty has been extended because of disputes in Congress over war funding.

Schelessinger praised fathers who leave their families to serve in the military. But she declined to offer similar praise for the military's serving mothers.

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  • by Kristina Location: Fort Leonard Wood, MO on Jun 7, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    Dr. Laura needs to be brought down a notch. I am an army wife, and the challenges I face daily are more persistant and more trying than I could have ever imagined, and my husband has yet to be deployed. I can't begin to imagine the added burdens of being an army wife and mother when ones spouse goes over seas with the possibility of not returning. Dr. Laura needs to think about what she's saying BEFORE she says it, and remember that she can say whatever she wants, but her opinion is worthless until she's walked a mile in the shoes of a military WIFE. I feel bad for all of her former patients, God only knows what kind of advice/treatment/affirmations etc she gave them when she clearly doesn't fully understand the role of families as a system. I'm sure she formula fed her son and made him sleep in a crib in a seperate room, that would account for the hostility in her army wives remark. I know it must seem like the last statement had no ties to the first, but if you really think carefully about it, it does! Bye Dr. Laura, and I'm sure you are very happy that you dont have a husband who is putting life at risk for our country.
  • by Dr.Manish Bajpayee Location: Pune,INDIA on May 28, 2007 at 06:56 PM
    While surfing for material for an article i came across the above comments of Dr.Schlessinger.Iam aghast as i always thought that the Americans were proud of their Warriors and took great care for the family.For the psychological and sociological problems they face i have coined a new syndrome(under patent process) called the URMILA SYNDROME.Being from india i have delved into my mythology to come up with the above.in the RAMAYANA ---RAM and his wife SITA Aas well as Ram's brother LAXMAN ARE SENT INTO EXILE.Laxman had married URMILA but had to leave her immediately to perform his duty for his brother.Thus URMILA is neglected, in fact suffering separation for 13 years just after marriage,is not the only issue.Not knowing her husband well is another. The RAMAYANA amazingly neglects to give URMILA HER DUE.This is the same case with separated wives of military men. These modern day URMILAS should be saluted not panned. embaaj@gmail.com
  • by Jill Location: Oklahoma on May 16, 2007 at 06:00 PM
    I do and don't agree with Dr. Laura. i do agree that it does get tiring hearing about military wives and how hard it is on them. but the truth is, they are left out of the spotlight, they bare a very large burden just like single parents accept they have the added burden about worrying about weather or not their husband will return. I do feel sorry that they have to worry like that but at the same time, all the responsibilities are similar in my mind to a single parent.
  • by Victoria Location: Colorado Springs on May 16, 2007 at 09:13 AM
    Are you kidding me? So we aren't dodging bullets but we are terrified for the men that we love that are. We become single parents almost instantly and manage our own home front by ourselves while providing emotional support to our loved ones. We are proud of the men and women who have volunteered their time and put their lives on the line for us unlike this doctor who has nothing else better to do then make comments on something she knows nothing about! You ma'am are not a military wife, you are not in the military and you truly have no idea what it is like. It would probably be best for you to find some other subject to talk about.
  • by T.Farmer Location: Peyton on May 15, 2007 at 09:19 AM
    Well yippee for her. So we don't dodge bullets. We go from being a two parent household to a single parent, with a spouse that may or may not make it back. We also are under more stress than the average woman. But you know it was our choice to marry. We don't ask for praise but we do ask that people who have not walked in our shoes to not judge us or make comments about something she doesn't have to deal with. When her husband is gone to another country and she has children at home, THEN and only then does she get to comment on MY LIFE!
  • by Norma Location: Ozark, Mo on May 14, 2007 at 07:38 PM
    I have been extremely proud of my Army son-in-law currently serving his second Irag tour. It's very hard on him and I do everything I can to support him, but i also see the importance of the struggle my daughter and two children go through to maintain a normalcy and try to keep him as worry free as possible. My daughter is an excellant and proud Army wife and I challenge anyone who says that she and the others like her do not deserve our praise and honor them as equals to their spouses!
  • by Navy Brat on May 14, 2007 at 05:56 PM
    go to Dr. Laura's blog and read how she really feels: http://www.drlaura.com/blog/
  • by Lila Location: Baumholder Germany/ Walsenburg, Colorado on May 14, 2007 at 02:48 PM
    Ok, SO does this woman not have a heart? Her son must not be married. If he is she is the worst mother-in-law EVER!!! How can she say we whine too much? I arrived here in Germany Jan 2004 to have my husband leave Feb 2004. I was in a whole new country, away from everything that I made me whole and then to have my husband leave to go to Iraq. And not one time did I whine. I have lived here in Germany for about 3 and a half years and we are going on our THIRD deployment and this one is going to be 15 months. We have 4 girls under 6 that I have been raising "alone" so to speak, so my husband can do his job.I am not going to disagree with her statement of "We aren't dodging bullets" we aren't, but what we are doing is being both a mom and dad,taxi,cook,nurse, playmate,mechanic,gardener,housekeeper,etc,etc. In other words EVERYTHING wrapped up in to one heck of a ARMY WIFE! It is different being a "Army Mom" then it is being a "Army Wife" and that you will never understand so don't criticize us. We as Army wives have EVERY right to whine every once in a while. We are human. We miss our husbands. We think over and over in our minds the whole time they are deployed "What are we going to do when they knock on our door to tell us the worst has happened", We replay over and over again the last moments we spent together before the bus leaves. We all know in the back of our minds that the last kiss before getting on those buses might be the last. So YES "Dr.Laura" we do have every right in this whole world to whine. So until you have been in our shoes and do everything we do, you need to know what you can and cannot say about Army Wives, We are tough and always will be!
  • by Jeff Location: Shirley, CO on May 14, 2007 at 02:29 PM
    I have heard Dr. Laura say these same comments numerous time on the radio -- in the context of military spouses "whining" to their husbands who are in combat. In fact, she responded to this hatchet job in her blog today: www.drlaura.com/blog. It's a shame that reporters would quote someone who has done so much for military families out of context. I hope those who got upset will realize who the real "jerk" in this story is -- the writer...
  • by Marilyn Location: Las Vegas on May 14, 2007 at 01:39 PM
    Whoa there! It turns out that Dr Laura never said this on the radio show. She was quoted out of context by a Salt Lake City Tribune "reporter" Matthew D. LaPlante in a snidey hit piece. What she claims she said is that wives and mothers should not transmit their natural anxiety to their soldiers. If you are going to whine, do it to somebody else. The troops don't need any more burdens. Be careful believing what left wing media types tell you. She addressed the question at length on her show today. I'd say she was upset that you guys were so instantly ready to pour out the hate mail without hearing her side of the story. There is nothing a guy like LaPlante likes better than sowing hate and discord among Americans, particularly patriotic Americans.
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