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More veterans losing their lives to suicide than war

Amid growing concerns the government isn’t properly supporting our veterans, it’s been revealed more veterans are losing their lives to suicide than on military deployment.

Stories from veterans and their families have been flooding in, with many distraught at the lack of support they’ve received from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

There have also been growing calls for a royal commission into veteran suicides.

30-year veteran and Commando Welfare Trust chairman Mark Smethurst tells Steve Price that in the period from 2001 to 2016 there was a spike in suicides in veterans under 30.

“56 ADF personnel lost their lives on deployment. During that same period, 175 serving members died from suicide.

“In 2015 we lost more people from suicide than were killed in Afghanistan throughout the whole conflict.”

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Steve Price says he’s sick of our veterans being treated with suspicion instead of compassion.

“Australia’s veterans, your veterans, many of whom have been shot at, blown up, forced to witness horrible things while in uniform, are being treated like second class citizens when they come home.”

And he had some choice words for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

“These people are simply incapable of seeing how badly they run their own department.”

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