Healthy turnout for vet­er­ans

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

ELLENBROOK RSL sub branch held a spe­cial event last week as part of Vet­er­ans’ Health Week.

The sub branch in­vited vet­er­ans from Ellenbrook and sur­round­ing ar­eas to to get advice and in­for­ma­tion from a num­ber of med­i­cal professionals.

Vet­er­ans Is­sues Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley at­tended the event and high­lighted the tragic prob­lem of post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der for mem­bers of the armed forces.

He said Vet­er­ans’ Health Week was an op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on some of the spe­cific dif­fi­cul­ties faced by many serv­ing and for­mer mem­bers of the armed forces.

“In­di­vid­u­als in other parts of our so­ci­ety are also af­fected by this ter­ri­ble prob­lem, but re­search fig­ures in­di­cate PTSD among vet­er­ans is much higher per capita than other sec­tors of the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Frank Mal­lard, from the Ellenbrook RSL sub branch, said the event was a suc­cess, with many vet­er­ans find­ing out vi­tal in­for­ma­tion.

“The event was very well re­ceived and peo­ple said they found out things they were en­ti­tled to, which they didn’t pre­vi­ously know.

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