chapter  6
12 Pages

Coming home

WithRobert Bieber, Michael Sterba, Christine Sterba

The veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, as it is now known, was established in 1919 in response to veterans’ traumatic experiences during World War I. A brief history of the early years of Combat Stress is described in order to provide a framework for exploring mental health provision for veterans. First-hand accounts from a veteran and his wife provide invaluable insight into the processes of injury and recovery, and the ‘ripple effect’ that can affect families and communities. As such, one family’s history is offered to represent the stories of many others.