Mates 4 Mates, Australian Soldiers Get a Hand

Among Canada, UK, and Australia, we have no better allies. And the Aussies have all my wishes for success with the building of their first recovery center, errr centre:

Australia’s first recovery centre to help returning soldiers and their families deal with the trauma of war has opened in Brisbane.

Up to 65,000 Australian military personnel have been deployed in peacekeeping missions and combat operations since 1999.

Many have returned with physical disabilities, but many more – an estimated 20 per cent – have returned with mental scars.

The ‘Mates 4 Mates’ centre, to be opened by General Peter Cosgrove today, will offer psychological counselling, gyms and adventure programs to help a new generation of veterans deal with the trauma of war.

The centre is being opened by the Queensland RSL, and there plans to open similar facilities in South Australia, Darwin and Sydney.

The RSL estimates there are 1,200 veterans returning to Australia every year who will need some form of psychological support.

Twenty-six-year-old Dwayne Anderson is just one.

He saw two of his mates blown away by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

“I was only four metres away from where the actual blast was,” he told AM.

“Obviously when the blast happens you don’t really see too much. It just goes pretty much straight from daytime to night time.

I wish all these tough Diggers the best. And may their recovery go as well as the koala that Matt Wilkinson (by mistake) drenched with water from his sprinklers:

Matt Wilkinson, 39, who took the photographs of the koala.

Matt Wilkinson, 39, took photographs of the koala.

Hand Salute for the tip: Pax (Thanks!)