General Article Military partners need empathy – not pity

Topic Selected: Armed Forces Book Volume: 356

Emma Long, Lancaster University

Partners of people in the armed forces can feel alienated by stereotypical ideas and notions about what it is like to serve in the military. The “he/she knew what they were signing up for” response is all too common. My research looked at what British army partners go through when spouses return from deployment. It has revealed they often feel misunderstood, uncomfortable and frustrated in non-military company.

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