Australia overturns decision to withhold medals from veterans

Canberra, Australia (AP) —The Australian government released an investigation into veterans and military suicides on Monday, overturning a decision to strip soldiers’ troops from allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan.

Australian Secretary of Defense Angus Campbell said more than 3,000 people after a military report released in November found evidence that Australian soldiers had illegally killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. I decided to quote from the special forces. The report recommended that 19 current and former soldiers face criminal investigations.

However, Defense Minister Peter Dutton, who took over the portfolio last month, said only soldiers convicted of illegal activities would lose medals.

“You shouldn’t punish 99% for 1%,” Dutton told Sydney Radio 2GB.

Since 2001, more than 39,000 Australian military personnel have served in Afghanistan, where 41 have been killed. The last 80 will be withdrawn in September, in line with the proposed withdrawal of the United States.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said later on Monday that the most powerful form of government-consigned investigation known as the Royal Commission would be established for suicide between military and former military personnel.

Morrison said struggling veterans are making greater demands on the services available.

“What we’re working on right now is the growing number of presentations and the growing demand for veteran support. Of course, this is a feature of the deployment over the last two decades, which the government is currently working on. It’s a challenge, and I think we’re working very positively, “Morison told reporters.

Julie Amphini, who lost her 38-year-old veteran son David Finney in suicide in 2019 after the fight against post-traumatic stress disorder, welcomed the Royal Commission’s defense and veteran suicide announcement. ..

“Today it will take a long time for veterans and their families,” Finney said.

“Finally, you can hear the voice of a veteran. Finally, the family can stand up and share their story,” she said.

Studies on veteran suicide in Australia are limited and inaccurate.

Last year, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare discovered that former military personnel discharged for medical reasons committed suicide at a higher rate than other Australian men between 2016 and 2018.

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