“The Australian government has been accused of deserting the soldiers who put their lives on the line to protect our country.

These brave men and women are left to battle a system in crisis that’s nothing short of a national disgrace.”

See last night’s ACA TV program here

If you or somebody you know needs help, contact:

  • Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.
  • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)  24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.


  1. Tas ,you do have a good point and a very valid one. However in the end I really do believe it comes down to the way DVA treats the applicant.
    We as Servicemen and Women are satisfied if treated fairly and are told why we cannot get our claims through. However a stone cold sterile letter from DVA is what starts us off in a rage and contempt for the DVA. This mixed with grog,personal problems lead some to the horrible decision of suicide. We all ,no matter how DEDICATED we were to our jobs want the COMPENSATION rightly deserved!! The GOVT give to all the useless schemes, but wont pay the ones who do their bidding. THE PMs XMAS MESSAGE…..FAKE!!!!1

  2. steve monteath says

    Excuse me if I did not notice, yet not once during this ‘show’ was VVCS or even Mates for Mates mentioned. VVCS have done more than other ‘groups’ or Dept’s to assist in emergencies as well calm times and be there for Vets. Why was VVCS not mentioned and did any Advocate or DVA staff ever offer VVCS support to those on the ‘show’? If not why not?

    • Tas Browning says

      The info that has come to me is that Defence is reticent to give any info to say VVCS prior to discharge, and my view is prior to discharge counselling should start and this would save so many lives.
      its too late after discharge

  3. The DS solution to cut this suicide rate down is!! Our wonderful academics with their heads full of SHIT,are missing the problem! DVA are a good institution in most areas…however NOT in the CLAIMS AREA!! Tehan has tried,the Government have tried!! The slow reaction of the CLAIMS area and their culture is to blame.The money should have been spent on more STAFF!! A staff who gets back to the old way…A phone call to the applicant explaining his or her situation and why .Do you know that many staff employed are CASUALS…who do 1-3 days a week. NO CONTINUITY .Tehan spent millions on the claim process…Let me explain the process ; all mail to DVA:
    IT goes to one place in Brisbane….then it is sorted. The staff put the applications on a computer including your evidence of your claim…then this is sent to the relevant department. Some apps and evidence gets lost. Then the Relevant department gets it. They then send to defence for your med docs. Defence are not FAST .sometimes take weeks to get back to the DEPT. All this can take weeks ,months!! The Applicant waits… The applicant is or was a proud serviceman or woman, done their time in a war zone..becomes dejected ,depressed ,THEY feel they are better than this and cant fit in to this life at home and from there, they deteriorate to suicide!! I have been saying this for years,I have contributed to all Ministers and all organizations my views. Throw money at the area of the claims, recruit more personnel.kick them up the arse and fire the old hags at the top. KISS means….KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!! The answer is MORE STAFF..SACK the lazy ones ..pick good staff who cares… get back to communication from the Delegate to applicant by phone if need be.ITS ALL VERY SIMPLE BUT THE ACADEMICS ARE TOO BRAIN DEAD TO REALIZE IT.

  4. Tas Browning says

    in considering the interview with Dan Tehan, I note that he mentioned some 300 plus suicides, sadly little is done, money is thrown at the problem but it has to start before they come home by putting money there can it only be really supported, too late after the gate is open