Those who have served in the ADF know the difference they make to the lives of so many people, and nations.  This includes specific actions with the people of Afghanistan. Nothing will diminish the difference that this service made.

Australia’s veterans did all that was asked of them and Australia will always be grateful for their service.  

Remember, if you or someone you know of needs support, that support is available. Our veteran staff and their families can call Open Arms on 1800 011 046, or anonymous support is available from Safe Zone on 1800 142 072. Both numbers are available 24/7.

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    Veteran & Family perspectives on Afghanistan

    Veterans, Families and Peers share their experience and feelings of the Afghanistan conflict, and how the current situation is affecting them.

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    Reflection wall

    Read what others are saying in support of Australian Defence Force Veterans and their families who served in Afghanistan. 

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Resources for resilience and support

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    Moral Injury

    Moral injury refers to the psychological, social and spiritual impact of events involving betrayal or transgression of one’s own deeply held moral beliefs and values occurring in high stakes situations.
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    Compassion, resilience and support

    The past year has presented many challenges for our veteran community—leaving some feeling anxious and unsure about what this year will bring.
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    Children

    Being the child of a veteran can lead to a unique childhood. Young people respond to the same things we do – they see, hear and sense things – but may not be able to understand or talk about their emotions and needs in the same way we can.
  • Treatment programs and workshops

    Open Arms offers group treatment programs and educational workshops, relationship retreats, and suicide prevention workshops.
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    Safe Zone Support

    It takes courage to reach out for support, and sometimes it is easier to do this anonymously. Through Safe Zone Support (1800 142 072), specialised counsellors with an understanding of the military culture and experience, can offer you care without needing to know who you are.
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    Anxiety and fear

    If anxiety is interfering with your capacity to function normally (or even leave the house), it's time to get help.
  • Trauma and PTSD

    Being emotionally affected by a traumatic event usually settles within a week or two. If it keeps going and causes distress, you might have a problem with posttraumatic stress.
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    Depression

    Depression is a distressing and disabling condition that can reduce your quality of life. Treatments are available that can change your life for the better. The first step is to start a conversation.
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    Anger

    We all get angry sometimes. But if anger is expressed in ways that are harmful to ourselves or someone else, or persists for a long time, it can become a problem.
  • Grief and loss

    It can be very painful losing someone or something you care deeply about. Sometimes it will feel like the pain will last forever.