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Battle Scars: why soldiers should kill with drones not guns

As part of Crikey’s Battle Scars series into mental health in the armed force, an anonymous ex-navy officer calls for more drones to avoid soldiers being so affected by what they’ve seen.

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Battle Scars: ‘I wish I could have the man I married back’

Crikey’s Battle Scars series explores the issues of mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder amongst our young veterans. One anonymous young army wife talks of living with a veteran battling PTSD.

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Battle Scars: breaking PTSD stereotypes

As a young female navy veteran in her 30s, Hannah Parker doesn’t fit the mould of a post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer. But her story illustrates how the navy treats those who seek mental health support.

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Battle Scars: how the govt treats broken soldiers

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is in charge of helping veterans struggling with mental health issues. Its deputy director speaks to Crikey about what the department is doing — and its future challenges.

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Battle Scars: fighting on ‘until you’re about to put a rope around your neck’

Steve Ager couldn’t admit his psychological suffering to himself, and was then warned off admitting it to his military superiors. The trauma of witnessing horrific scenes at home and abroad still haunts.

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Battle Scars: fighting the ADF’s warrior culture on mental health

Soldiers are told to be tough, but mental scars go undiagnosed. A new Crikey investigation Battle Scars examines post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues in younger veterans.

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Military mental health plan revealed — but problem underestimated

A new Defence Force report outlines how the military plans to deal with mental health issues like alcoholism and post traumatic stress disorder among troops. The problem is being underestimated.

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Coming to grips with the trauma that is, in reality, news

I kept telling myself that I wasn’t the first journalist to experience trauma. And that this certainly wasn’t going to be the last time, writes Erdem Koc, who teaches journalism at La Trobe University.

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Life as a soldier in Afghanistan

A remarkable photo essay by AP photojournalist David Guttenfelder on the lives of American troops in Afghanistan gives a small insight into the fear and horror of the work, says W H Chong.

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Not time to cut and run from Afghanistan

Today, Crikey reader James Burke challenges Guy Rundle’s argument for immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan: “It’s a familiar tactic, to claim moral superiority while following the path of least resistance.”

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PTSD is not the only issue for the ADF

Society has embraced the reality of war, but continues to avoid confronting that of the sexual abuse of children or the brutalisation of women, writes Michael Robertson.

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