From LCMSDS Productions, The On War & Society podcast features interviews with the most prominent historians of war and society. Host Eric Story sits down with his guests to discuss their cutting-edge research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life ‘behind the book.’

On War & Society #17–Why Military Families Matter,

Part I

Soldiers returning from the battlefield rarely return unscathed. Yet veterans’ families continue to be inadequately prepared for the difficulties of military life. For episode three of four on the past and present experiences of veterans in Canada, two scholars and two veterans discuss the effects of veteran deployment and eventual discharge on military family well-being. Their discussion reveals the need to listen to military family advocates to better inform policy, but also how many military families are unaware of the financial and emotional support available, and the fear of admitting vulnerability that sometimes prevents veterans and military families from receiving the therapeutic, financial and community assistance they require.

This episode in funded by the Department of National Defence. It is hosted by Dr. Geoffrey Hayes (pictured) of the University of Waterloo. Panelists are Dr. Jessica Meyer, Dr. Deborah Norris, Jody Mitic and Kim Davis.

Geoffrey Hayes is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (BA/MA), and is currently an associate professor of History at the University of Waterloo. He is the author the Lincs: A History of the Lincoln and Welland RegimentWaterloo County: An Illustrated History, as well as the co-editor of Vimy Ridge: A Canadian ReassessmentCanada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp. His most recent book is Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45.

Past Episodes

Episode #1–The War Junk Historian with Alex Souchen

Episode #2–Somewhere Between War and Society with Terry Copp

Episode #3–Complicating History with Mary Chaktsiris

Episode #4–Canada’s Arctic Laboratory with Matthew Wiseman

Episode #5–Did You Fall Into the Vimy Trap? with Geoff Hayes

Episode #6–Dunkirk with Terry Copp

Episode #7–The Conscripted with Patrick Dennis

Episode #8–In Search of the Canadian Officer with Geoff Hayes

Episode #9–Treating Wounds of the Mind with Meghan Fitzpatrick

Episode #10–Destruction and Dissent in the Marshall Islands with Martha Smith-Norris

Episode #11–Civil War and Identity with Alec Maavara

Episode #12–A Microhistory of an Ace with Graham Broad

Episode #13–Family at the Front with Kristine Alexander

Episode #14–Rewriting the Great War with Mark Humprhies

Episode #15–Unpacking the Trauma Kit, Part I with Amy Milne-Smith

Episode #16–Unpacking the Trauma Kit, Part II with Army Milne-Smith

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