Remembrance Day

A Day Of Remembrance… For All

The 11th of November holds great significance for veterans and service members of defence forces around the world.

In Commonwealth countries it signifies the end of the First World War and is known as Remembrance Day. The hostilities of World War I ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when an armistice was signed.

In the United States they observe Veterans Day.

No matter what the day is called and where it’s observed, it’s universally a day of remembrance of those who paid the supreme sacrifice for their country.

These brave men and women deserve to be remembered for their service, as do the ones who are still standing. As you may know, not all of the heroes die on the battlefield. Many return home with horrific, life changing wounds. But not all wounds are physical.

Over the years with the changes in fighting techniques and strategies, modern service men and women are coming home to face a new battle… one with themselves.

Too many of our men and women are falling victim to the ravages of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), anxiety and depression. And sadly, in Australia, we have lost more lives to suicide than we lost on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

Whilst the media concentrates its efforts on the “glamorous wars” and the “war heroes” in these highly publicised battles, there’s a growing number of forgotten veterans. Veterans who have fallen through the cracks in a broken system. Veterans who have had to fight too hard to have their invisible injuries acknowledged or compensated.

I know firsthand how demoralising and humiliating it is to have your compensation claim rejected. To have them question everything you experienced and wonder if you just made it all up. But why would anyone make this up? Who would willingly want to be treated so poorly?

The answer is… no one!

So to help veterans and currently serving men and women who are battling depression, I have made my book “From Depression’s Darkness To The Light Of Life” (in the Kindle format) free for the next 2 days.

It’s the story of my personal journey through depression and a system that turned its back on me. There is life after you serve. There is life after depression.

Please know that your service mattered as much as the people we remember on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, each year.

There are people who will never forget… and I am one of them.

Thank you for your service!

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