Army Wives Blog

Countdown to Season 7: Spotlight on Joan

By kim_messina Wed., Feb. 27, 2013 ,10:00 am EST

Career-driven Joan Burton (Wendy Davis) defied expectations and rose through the ranks, becoming Fort Marshall's first African American female lieutenant colonel. But that didn't come without a price—she often found herself torn between her career and husband, Roland, the sole "Army Husband."

The couple's struggles were played out in Season 1. In the pilot, Joan returned home from a two-year deployment, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Feeling alone, Roland had a one-night stand, and later confessed his actions to Joan. While the two contemplated divorce, they eventually reconciled when Joan realized she was pregnant with their daughter Sara Elizabeth. The couple later adopted their HIV-postive son, David.

In Season 4, she was re-deployed to Iraq and suffered an eye injury after her patrol came under attack from an IED. When she returned to Fort Marshall, she was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. She then received the additional duty of Garrison Commander.

In Season 6, David’s biological father Marcus came back into the picture. Hesitant at first to let him into their lives, Joan and Roland eventually showed compassion to Marcus. Joan also revealed that season that she's not always been so strong. In a pivotal Season 6 moment, she confessed to Roland that she had a drug problem in high school.

View Joan's best moments in photos:
-Season 6, Episode 19: Centennial
-Season 6, Episode 18: Baby Steps
-Season 6, Episode 15: Tough Love
-Season 6, Episode 10: After Action Report
-Season 5, Episode 12: Firefight

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