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.
East Timor/ South Pacific/ Afghanistan veteran
After tours in East Timor and the South Pacific, Damien was sent to Afghanistan. A month in, his convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device. The explosion ripped the car apart, and cost Damien his right leg, his left leg below the knee, badly damaged his right arm, broke his right wrist, left wrist, left hand and nose. He was discharged from the military in 2012.
The new enemies of war
depression back home
His injuries were the start of a new chapter for Damien. Back home, after an unexpected departure from the battlefields, he found new enemies while adjusting to civilian life. Serious self-image issues from injuries put Damien at the complete opposite end of his commando identity - from being surrounded by friends and a support network in the military to feeling alone back in society, leading to depression and post-traumatic stress.
The battles continue
being down, not out
It's the little things that can trigger a returned soldier. Skinny jeans were coming back in to fashion when Damien returned home. It's near impossible to wear skinny jeans with two prosthetic legs: one that's super thin and the other that's bowed out. But for Damien, finding support and helping others pave their way forward is what broke the cycle for him, and now keeps his new enemies at bay.
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).