PTSD and depression, the long-standing effects of war on soldiers

45 years after the Vietnam War, veteran Michael Smart is still battling post-traumatic stress disorder and depression

68-year-old Vietnam Veteran, Michael Smart (left), Michael Smart's service award (right)
68-year-old Vietnam Veteran, Michael Smart (left), Michael Smart's service award (right)

Michael Smart is a 68-year-old Vietnam Veteran who lives in Greystanes, with his wife Judy. I’ve known Michael for over five years as a patient at the medical centre I used to work at, but I never knew he is still battling posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, 45 years after returning to Australia from the Vietnam War.

Michael opened up about the effects the war had on him, his experience getting help from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and what treatment has been like so far.

Music: Northern Lights by Chris Haugen

Speakers by order: Mary Hakimi, Michael Smart, Ken Foster OAM JP, Dr. Brian O’Toole

 

Mary Hakimi
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