VETERANS WORTH THE BEST OF CARE
NO veteran should suffer homelessness. On the contrary; they should receive all the care and support the nation can give them. Vietnam War veterans came home in the 1960s and 1970s to a divided society and subsequently many endured a history of isolation, drug and alcohol abuse, and broken marriages. Therefore, there must be prevention for decades into the future for the complement of more than 67,000, and rising, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts so that they do not suffer similar fates, and they receive the mental health care commiserate with their exceptional service. Australia has to understand, without any jingoism, what our soldiers have experienced in those wars, and politicians must stop asking too much of the armed services’ limited human resources, however good the individuals and units are. The profession of arms has to take a modern attitude to the causes, prevention and treatment of mental stress. Lest we forget, history will be repeated.