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Holly Petraeus, David Petraeus’ wife, aka Holly Knowlton, is remaining silent about the General’s cheating scandal.

Holly Petraeus is battling a scandal striking her own family after David Petraeus admitted to Paula Broadwell cheating affair scandal.

As assistant Director for the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Holly Petraeus regularly helps families navigate through different matters. Today she is watching as her own troubles at home become very public.

While Holly Petraeus has yet to comment about the struggles of her husband’s affair, she has often spoken about the need to keep military families together. She expressed to news recently that some financial situations have caused many service members to have “opted to avoid foreclosure by leaving their family in their home and going alone to their new duty station – a separation that can last three years or more”.

As news of her husband’s scandal broke this week, Holly Petraeus did not stop what she was doing. Her most recent post her blog was issued on Friday just as her husband had tendered his resignation. Her team at the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) includes “veterans of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force”, she tells news midday Friday.

“We can truly say we have a joint perspective on military matters.”

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Holly Petraeus, David Petraeus’ wife, aka Holly Knowlton, is remaining silent about the General’s cheating scandal

David Petraeus, 60, has been married to Holly, née Knowlton, since 1975, after they meet when he was a military cadet at West Point.

Holly Petraeus is the daughter of four-star General William Knowlton, who was superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point when David Petraeus was a cadet.

When David Petraeus was sworn in as director of the CIA by Vice President Joe Biden, Holly held the Bible on which he swore his oath of office.

David and Holly Petraeus have two grown children, a son, Stephen, who was an Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan, and a daughter, Anne.


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