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10 Mar, 2015

Returned Australian soldiers face widespread depression and homelessness, investigative report reveals

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Australian soldiers are struggling to access the financial help they need to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder once home, veterans and support agencies say.

ABC TV’s Four Corners on Monday night featured former soldiers undergoing gruelling therapy sessions to help them recover from PTSD, which has damaged their marriages, their relationships with their children and their careers.

They said speaking openly about mental health issues would have harmed their careers and receiving entitlements from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs was a long and arduous process that deepened their suffering.

Read the rest: Returned Australian soldiers with PTSD plead for more help, as Four Corners program reveals widespread depression and homelessness.