The Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has backed the call by Soldier On for everyone to observe an extra minutes silence tomorrow on Remembrance Day to honour those soldiers who have been severely affected by their service, and those who have been lost to suicide.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Traditionally, Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on those who lost their lives on the battlefield, particularly from wars long past. This is, and will always be, a key aspect of this day.
“However, the impact of service on current soldiers also deserves our attention and contemplation.
“Soldier On says that 103 serving Defence personnel have killed themselves since 2001, vastly outnumbering the number lost in combat in the Afghanistan conflict.
“This Remembrance Day, Australians should observe an extra minutes silence to contemplate the physical and mental scars our current servicemen and women bear.
“We portray our soldiers as heroes, but too often we forget that they are human and that the intense pressure of service takes a toll.
“Our governments, and all of Australian society, would do well to focus their attention on making sure the modern generation of soldiers have the support they need,” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.