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Back home January 1946

by Herman Sali (1898–1993)

War’s end can signal new beginnings for a couple—or a relationship’s end.  

Divorce rates in Australia rose dramatically in the years immediately following both world wars and some 38 percent of Vietnam veterans’ marriages failed within six months of their repatriation. One study indicated a staggering 42 percent of Australian Vietnam veterans had engaged in at least one act of violence against a partner in the preceding year. 

Veterans of modern wars continue to struggle. Without support, some individuals—restless, traumatised or alienated—will neglect, abuse, or desert their significant others. Long periods of self-sufficiency, meanwhile, may give their spouses confidence to contemplate life alone. 

  
ON LOAN COURTESY OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL ART22893 


 

Reviewed 01 December 2021