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Throughout the war men had been returning home in their thousands, many wounded or unfit for service. Countless suffered physical or psychological wounds. With the Armistice, numbers would dramatically increase. The AIF and the Commonwealth Department of Repatriation and its state offices pledged to offer financial, medical and vocational assistance where it was needed. They immediately took steps to help returned servicemen or their dependants support themselves. However, the burden of rehabilitation fell to families as well as to the many ex-servicemen's associations, patriotic organisations and community groups. Some people found solace from grief and pain in employment and civic life.