‘They make them, break them and throw them away’
BROADCASTER Alan Jones has slammed the government's handling of suicide among war veterans as "disgraceful" amid claims that bureaucrats are whitewashing the issue.
Speaking to two mothers of war heroes who have died ahead of The Daily Telegraph's Save Our Heroes Summit today, Jones called out the government's handling of the issue.
"Bureaucrats - the people whose job it is not to make life easier for service personnel but harder," he said.
"You will never find a greater group of cover-up merchants, even when our defence pay the ultimate price nothing changes," the 2GB host said this morning.
Julie Anne Finney, whose son Dave died aged 38 in February, told Jones that her son lost his job when he first flagged his mental health struggles with the defence force.
"From the moment he raised the issued he was told that he could no longer deploy and was taken off the ship. There was nothing he could do about that."
Just 18 when he joined the army, Dave wanted to make a difference, only to be told he would have to wait 6 months to see a psychiatrist, according to Ms Finney.
"They make them, break them and throw them away," she said.
Glenda Watson, whose son Bradley Carr died on Anzac Day this year, told Jones that her son was trying to get help for six years - a battle that he ultimately took to his grave.
Ms Watson, who says the army was her son's "life," says the government's failure to hold a royal commission into the issue is a "shambles."
"I'm not going to whisper, I'm going to shout my son's name, I'm going to shout them all because they need to be seen. We will not bury and forget 500 of Australia's bravest."
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