FACING NEW ENEMIES
Many Australian veterans return home only to face new enemies that make day to day life a constant battle. Read their stories and find out how you can help.
Solomon Islands & Afghanistan veteran
A soldier for 24 years, he spent some of his time in Afghanistan as a Military Policeman at an aid post during the triage of casualties – the place causalities first come in. Soldiers. Locals. Children. It was this time from all his experience as a Military Policeman that caused him the most angst when he returned home. Six months later it was his wife who said Brad needed help.
The new enemies of war
nightmares & flashbacks
Since returning from war, Brad was constantly anxious. He suffered from hyper-vigilance; always on alert in any situation – even at home. Nights were worse, suffering from nightmares and flashbacks to the battlefields of nine years earlier.
Out of the army, his post-traumatic stress led to a depression that made him unable to get out of bed, or function, for two years. The transition from being a career solider to being ‘Brad’ wasn’t working.
The battles continue
a solider and his family
To this day, Brad continues fighting these enemies of war. With a wife and two young daughters, his symptoms affect them as much as him. Anxiety still rears its head – sights, sounds and smells trigger Brad back from being a Dad and a husband to being in Afghanistan.
He has to mentally prepare for the world outside his home every day. Brad says his daughters know far too much about depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress - these new enemies that drag him into the past over and over. His daughters are 9 and 5 years old.
Help us help them
DefenceCare provides safe, compassionate and practical assistance to veterans and their families.
As well as help with claims, advocacy and referral for treatment, we provide counselling services and financial assistance when there’s no one else to turn to.
DefenceCare is dedicated to helping our veterans with life after war. Your donations help us help them. Text CARE to 1990 1111* ($5/message received, 25c/message sent).