Veterans suicide royal commission announced - thank you veteran Aaron Gray who set up the Veterans Suicide Register
Hard to believe, but until 2015 and Aaron Gray's work, no one could tell you for sure how many veterans had taken their own lives.
I'll publish the PM's announcement on establishing a Royal Commission as soon as it's available - but I also wanted to recognise one of the unsung heroes of today, veteran Aaron Gray.
Here's our post from 15 March, 2015
The ADF doesn't know how many service men and women have taken their own lives following war service.
What the bureaucracy couldn't or wouldn't deliver has been set up with great reverence by a former digger. Iraq veteran Aaron Gray, formerly a Trooper with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment operates the Australian Veterans Suicide Register - here's a link.
Aaron saw active service as a gunner in armoured fighting vehicles in Iraq. Here's what he says about the site and the reasons he set it up:
I am an Iraq War veteran that is on a mission to register and acknowledge the unsung victims of war.
- I want to create a register of all veteran suicides so that I can make the Australian government recognise their sacrifice as casualties of war.
- I also want to change the way Veterans Affairs operates so that we can limit the number of veteran suicides in the furture.
- So please share with everyone - https://www.facebook.com/AustralianVeteransSuicideRegister/timeline
- This is our email address for anyone who may need to email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest in Peace and thank you for your service.
Lest We Forget.