Veterans’ Affairs Minister Andrew Gee says there is an “ongoing effort” to ensure ADF personnel, veterans and their families receive any support they may need amid the “tragic” situation unfolding in Afghanistan.
“I’ve directed the Department of Veterans Affairs to contact the family members of our diggers who lost their lives in Afghanistan just to make sure they’re ok, and make sure they’re aware of the services and support that is available,” Mr Gee told Sky News Australia.
“I’ve also directed the department to contact any veterans that they are working with at the moment who they know will be distressed by what’s occurring over there to make sure they know the support is there.”
Mr Gee said he believes there has been an uptick in calls to support services over recent days and he will be holding talks with all of the ex-service organisations today and tomorrow.
“We’re just discussing and getting some visibility on what they’re experiencing on the ground in their communities and what more we need to do,” he said.
If you or anyone you know needs help:
Open Arms: 1800 011 046
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Defence Family Helpline: 1800 624 608
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Defence All-Hours Support Line: 1800 628 036