Battle Scars: a Crikey investigation

Battle Scars is a Crikey series examining post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues among younger Australian veterans. We share the stories of veterans who have battled themselves, both during and after their time in the military. We talk to the the psychologists who developed new programs after realising the ones designed after the Vietnam war weren’t working for today’s veterans. We interview the Department of Veterans’ Affairs about its role in supporting the mental health of veterans. Plus, we speak to the families left to deal with the consequences when it all falls apart.

*Free, confidential counselling and support is available from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service for Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their family members. VVCS can be contacted 24 hours a day on 1800 011 046. For non-military help or information visit, call Lifeline on 131 114 or visit this page for a detailed list of support services.