More Australian Defence Force veterans have killed themselves this YEAR than those who died in combat in Afghanistan due to post-traumatic stress disordersSo they pulled stunts, just like here in the US. The headline from 2017 is this.
- More soldiers committed suicide in 2016 than were killed in Afghanistan
- At least 50 Australian Defence Force personnel killed themselves this year
- The Department of Veteran Affairs have been slammed by former soldiers
- They said the Department force them into lengthy battles for support
Veterans' 2017 suicide toll is 84, say activists
Loren Ries drew this on a road in Huonville, Tasmania, for the Veteran Chalk Challenge to draw attention to 84 Australian veterans' suicides in 2017. Photo: Supplied
Mr Steley said the 84 figure "is a conservative estimate and only the deaths that veterans themselves can confirm as the government is still unwilling to even attempt to keep a record of the number of deaths".
Mr Steley said the veterans had "offered so much to Australia and our government to protect them; now when they need help they are being either ignored or actively targeted by an uncaring, inflexible system." read more here