VET­ER­ANS WORTH THE BEST OF CARE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Jon Bas­sett - Re­porter

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.

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