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Aust. veterans reluctant to ask for help for PTSD

Aust. veterans reluctant to ask for help for PTSD

Updated 23 April 2014, 9:25 AEST

As Australia prepares for Anzac Day commemorations on Friday, many who've served are still fighting their war demons.

There's been a four-fold increase in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since Australian troops joined the Afghan war in 2001.

And now they've returned, one troop commander expects a tidal wave of new cases.

Some veterans say the health system won't cope…that's of course if they admit they need help.

Many don't, or can't.

Presenter: Rachel Brown

Speaker: Retired Major Anthony Krupa; Major General John Cantwell, former commander of Australian forces in Afghanistan; Rear Admiral, Robyn Walker. Joint Health Commander; Ex soldier, Chad Dobbs; Dr Stephanie Hodson, mental health advisor, Department of Veterans Affairs;

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