Home hurt my fa­ther as much as go­ing to war

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JUSTIN LEES

KATE Mul­vany knows through fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence th the power of ac­knowl­edgm ac­knowl­edg­ment — and how dev­as­tat­ing th the lack of it can be.

The Fightin Fight­ing Sea­son star’s late fa­ther Danny, a “ten-pound Pom” Bri­tish im­migr im­mi­grant, fought for Aus­tralia in Vi Viet­nam. While serv­ing in uni­form on lea leave here he was beaten up; then he came back af­ter the war and w was de­nied cit­i­zen­ship for almo al­most two decades.

““How’s Ho that for lack of ac­kno ac­knowl­edg­ment?” she asks asks. Mul­vany feels deeply abo about vet vet­er­ans’ issu is­sues.

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“Ac “Ac­knowl­edg­ment is al­ways p pow­er­ful,” she said. ““The The thin things that these men and women are do­ing for us and in our coun­try’s nam name are ex­tra­or­di­nary, and life- life-chang­ing chang on so many lev­els.

““They They are s soldiers and they are peace­keep­ers and I think we for­get about that. Th This is their job; they are our pro­tec­tion pro­tec­tion, yet for them to come home and nev never have that ac­knowl­edge ac­knowl­edged is hor­rific and adds to the trauma. I saw that hap­pen in my own fa­ther.”

The show show, which pre­mieres on Show­case on Oc­to­ber 28, fo­cuses on challe chal­lenges fac­ing soldiers

back from Afghanistan.

Kate Mul­vany.

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