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Fresh hope for veterans after groundbreaking meeting

There is fresh hope for struggling veterans after a successful roundtable meeting saw the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) promise to solve some of their issues.

There have been widespread calls across Australia for a royal commission into veteran suicides after it was revealed more than 150 veterans have taken their own lives since 2017.

Last Friday, a roundtable meeting was held in Canberra to sort through some of the biggest issues facing our veterans.

Military lawyer Glenn Kolomeitz attended the meeting and tells Ben Fordham it was fantastic.

“We’ve resolved a whole bunch of the big-ticket item issues and I walked away from there really confident that DVA is getting on with the job.

“Media reporting was a catalyst for us to focus on the issues… and start to progress solutions.”

Julie Anne Finney has been campaigning for a royal commission into the issue.

She tells Ben she just received the awful news that another veteran has committed suicide at just 33 years of age.

“I don’t know what it’s going to take to get this government to get its head out of the sand. 

“I did know about that roundtable on Friday… but it does not stop the need for a royal commission.

“We cannot bury 500 men and woman and not investigate the cause of their deaths.”

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