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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”