Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Brave Australian Son Finally Honoured

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

A Brave Australian Son Finally Honoured

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Byline: Hamish Broome Hamish.Broome@northernstar.com.au

AFGHANISTAN veteran David Wood, who took his own life in 2013 while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, will become the first victim of war-induced PTSD added to the nation's roll of honour at the Australian War Memorial.

The ground-breaking decision, made by the War Memorial council on March 11, paves the way for the honour roll to include other veterans who took their own lives while suffering the debilitating condition.

David's father, Michael Wood, said his family were incredibly relieved after waiting 12 months for the War Memorial council to reach a final decision.

He said the nation had now clearly acknowledged the tragedy of his young son's death as war-inflicted.

"It is a war injury... it's no different from getting shot and dying six months later from liver failure," Mr Wood said.

"That's how the Army feels now too."

Mr Wood was notified last week via a private phone call from Army chief Lieutenant General David Morrison, and a subsequent letter from the Director of the War Memorial, Brendan Nelson. …

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