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Vietnam vets' wives urge Afghanistan vets to seek help

Vietnam vets' wives urge Afghanistan vets to seek help

Updated 17 April 2013, 14:47 AEST

The wives of Australia's Vietnam veterans are urging the families of soldiers returning from Afghanistan, to get help if they are struggling with mental illness.

The wives say that many women married to Vietnam veterans waited more then 30 years to seek assistance, and they don't want that pattern repeated.

Research shows the spouses of soldiers who went to Vietnam have rates of some mental disorders more than 30 times higher than the general population.

Reporter: Sally Sara

Speakers: Pat Clegget, Partners of Veterans Association of Australia; Dr Brian O'Toole, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

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