SUICIDE is becoming a social crisis in Australia, in most age categories, and all professions.
And amongst the most tragic is the soaring death toll for members and/or former members, of the Australian Defence Forces.
Appalled and outraged by the number of deaths this year Vietnam Veterans Association welfare officer Ken ‘KC’ Jones has tried to bring his concerns to the door of the Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum.
Which he said has made him more outraged because despite his best efforts he has been unable to get any response from Mr Drum or his office.
The Riverine Herald tried to confirm this on Friday but at the time of going to print had also been unable to get a response from Mr Drum’s office.
“It’s a pretty poor state of affairs considering Mr Drum was a Minister for Veterans’ Affairs when he was a member of the Napthine Government in Victoria just three years ago — he can’t have forgotten about vets that quickly,” Mr Jones said.
“We have already lost 43 veterans this year and there are still four months to go,” he said.
“In less than a fortnight in July five took their own lives.
“And we can’t even get a courtesy phone call from a member of the Coalition government.”