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The accounts from soldiers describing combat in general present images are of hellish nightmares where all decency and humanity could be lost For men who fought under these conditions coming home was a very difficult switch Over all these men wanted to return to normalcy to come back to a life that they had been promised if the war was won This would turn out to be harder to gain then first expected problems ranging from the openness of jobs in the work force to child raising and post-traumatic stress would make this return to normalcy very difficult This difficult task of getting back into American culture would eventually lead to problems in the gender dealings in post war America One of the major problems that GIs faced upon there return to the States was the availability of jobs During the war the US government encouraged women and minorities to enter the industrial work force due to labor shortages and increased demand for war supplies In the mid nineteen hundreds there was a total of 1360000 women with husbands in the service had entered the work force This along with a migration of African-American workers from the south filled the wartime need for labor This attitude toward women in the work force changed noticeably at the end of the war The half-truths promoting Rosie the Riviter suddenly changed focusing on the duties of women as a homemaker and a mother Even with these efforts and those of the GI bills passed after the war returning soldiers had a difficult time finding jobs in post war America This freedom given to women during the war and its removal with the arrival of the returning men had a definitive effect on gender relations in American society and which one of the seeds of the womens rights movements in later decades Another hardship encountered by returning soldiers was the reactions of the children they left behind Most of
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