Mother and child wearing a gas mask
Most married couples experienced a strain in their relationship because they didn’t know how to support their significant other once they had returned from war. It was even harder for veterans to cope with their daily lives when they returned from war. The gender roles are still as prevalent today as it was back when soldiers were sent back home from the first World War. Again in the late 19th century, soldiers were dealing with all sorts of untreatable conditions and illnesses. Not only are they dealing with diseases, but they also have to deal with the emotional turmoil they experience during the war. The first world war had mostly men fighting in the war, and their wives were at home providing and caring for their families while these soldiers were on the battlefield.
Returning home to have somewhere been away from so long can be both a happy experience and a bad one. It’s hard for many veterans to return to their daily lives and provide and protect their families. They are coming home and dealing with the traumatic stress the war placed on their shoulders. They return as spouses who can no longer appropriately be a husband or play the appropriate role they once were before the war. The war proved destructive to so many individuals. One of the hardest changes veterans had to make was a culture change. Susan Grayzel stated that “Women could support the military effort… keeping the home intact while their men were absent”. From her statement, we understand that females, for the most part, had to take up many different roles which included being the man of the household, as well as the mother. During the beginning of World War I, females and doctors didn’t know how to properly assist their husbands in these situations which caused internal and external pressure on the spouse who just came home from war.