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Veterans of the Wars Disability Denial

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:50 AM

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

seems like the veterans from Australia will be getting denied their allowances as well huh???

fight for your country, then get denied the help you need after the horrors of war....




Ex-commander urges Defence to 'normalise' mental illness
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Posted ImagePHOTO: John Cantwell (left) says sufferers of mental illness in the ADF feel they can't seek help. (Department of Defence)RELATED STORY: General criticises Australia's Afghan 'experiment'MAP: AustraliaThe former commander of Australian troops in Afghanistan says the Defence Force still does not fully understand how to deal with psychological disorders.

Major General John Cantwell served in the Army for 38 years but was forced to retire last year to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Major General Cantwell has told a parliamentary inquiry there is a stigma associated with mental illness within the Defence Force and that sufferers are often reluctant to seek help.

"The defence organisation, the organism, has not yet made the transition to deal with emotional wounds in the same way it does with physical wounds," he said.

"There's a built-in systemic stigma still attached to the issue in the same way as there is in the wider society, and that's a major problem."

The former commander said the ADF needed to work hard to remove the stigma associated with psychological disorders, adding the only way more sufferers would come forward was if the ADF "normalises" mental illness.

"They simply feel they cannot come forward with this, they feel ashamed, embarrassed, they're concerned about their prospects and what will it do for them in terms of getting a promotion, that good job or another deployment.

"All the things that go with having a successful career."

Major General Cantwell predicted the number of soldiers suffering from psychological disorders would grow exponentially, and that the ADF was likely to see more cases as troops withdrew from various operations around the world.

"We've exposed thousands and thousands of young and old Australians to some pretty brutal experiences.

"Even for those who aren't directly involved in combat, there's ample number of vicarious exposures and experiences."

Topics: defence-forces, mental-health, australia




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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

http://www.youtube.c...&v=i65gxP2Dn5A#!

how Military Women, are exposing what has happened t them...

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