Vet­er­ans study

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

AUS­TRALIA a nd t he United States will launch a joint re­search pro­ject on the men­tal and phys­i­cal health of vet­er­ans of re­cent conflicts.

Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Min­is­ter War­ren Snow­don said he wanted to en­sure that Aus­tralia was pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble sup­port for vet­er­ans.

Mr Snow­don, in the US wi t h P r i me Mini s t e r Ju­lia Gill ard f or t he launch of the Viet­nam War ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre in Wash­ing­ton, s ai d t he pro­ject would com­pare the out­comes of past US and Aus­tralian de­ploy­ments and re­search sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences.

‘‘ We have ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve that we are do­ing what we should be do­ing,’’ he said from the US.

‘‘ But that doesn’t mean we can’t im­prove. That is why this joint re­search pro­ject with the US Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs is so im­por­tant.’’

Dur­ing the US visit, Mr Snow­don will meet US Sec­re­tary of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Eric Shin­seki and visit fa­cil­i­ties treat­ing in­jured US per­son­nel.

He wi l l a l s o l a y a wreath at the main US war ceme­tery at Ar­ling­ton.

He s a i d more t h a n 40,000 Aus­tralians had served over the past decade, al­most as many as s e r v e d d u r i n g t h e Viet­nam War.

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