Defenders of the veteran problem say Australian society is no longer driven by values, but instead focuses on selfishness, interests, and joy.
Heston Russell himself, a former special forces operative who has embarked on more than 200 missions, says Australian military personnel and women often face culture shock when leaving the army.
“The army is great for grabbing someone from the street and issuing them for the overwhelmingly exciting purpose of attacking them at the collective identity and the intrinsic and extrinsic levels,” he told The Epoch Times. rice field. “From how they march you, to how you wear uniforms, and even called by your name.”
According to Russell, the military is a “purpose-based” and “value-based” organization, with each individual responsible for values such as courage, initiative, teamwork, and respect.
“But many of us [living] Primarily in the big cities of Australia, society is no longer really focused on responsibility and is being replaced by qualifications. “What’s included for me, what do I deserve?” It replaces selflessness with selfishness, that is, dogs eat dogs.
“Everything is not for” purpose “but for profit.” And it’s a really difficult place to support these values. People are busy focusing on everything, profit and fun, and are literally a minority. “
This conflict of values often makes it difficult for returning Defense Force personnel to adapt and ultimately leads to mental health problems.
“Many veterans experience this kind of moral injury, it’s an identity crisis,” he said.
This caused veterans to experience significant delays at the Australian Veterans Affairs Bureau (processing a backlog of 37,000 compensation claims) and a lack of structure in daily life that could lead to a lack of fitness. It is exacerbated by the various problems that have hit. , Excessive drinking, and even substance abuse.
“The military has monthly random drug and alcohol tests. Without the group’s accountability, it’s easy to degenerate to the general standards of Australian society. All these issues. When they are compounded together for some time, it brings together veteran mental health and suicide issues. “
“Spraying” of Western society
Psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed states that Western societies are becoming more and more “atomicized” compared to Asian societies that maintain strong cultural and community ties.
“There are fewer binding rituals, not only from a religious point of view, but also patriotic rituals as needed,” he told The Epoch Times. “This has been around for about 50-100 years and is part of the emergence of a market economy.”
“Everyone lives in the city. We don’t live in extended families or tribes. There are actually biological needs. This is, in a sense, a military reproduction,” he says. I did. “Diagnosis of PTSD is just a substitute for most of the decline of these types of systems.”
Ahmed also pointed out other factors that contribute to the deterioration of veteran mental health.
“The wider population is terribly separated from the meaning of the army and what they are actually doing, and the reality is often the war we are fighting. [Afghanistan] It’s very far from the average person’s daily life, “he said.
“Israel is clearly one of the lowest PTSD rates in the advanced army, and one theory is that the entire population is highly involved in the conflict.
“If you are a veteran and retire after servicing, you have a huge position.”
Rediscovering Australian values
When conducting a campaign, Russell often asks Australians what they think their country should aim for. According to him, people sometimes suggest that Net Zero is a valuable goal for Australia. But beyond that, Russell believes that the country needs to rediscover the roots of Anzac, which was born in World War I.
During the war, Australia’s “bargains” showed patience, initiative, discipline, and friendship, despite the sometimes insurmountable potential. These values are the spirit of ANZAC, which is celebrated on April 25th each year.
“Our identity, modern Australian identity, and a value-based society, in my opinion, came from ANZAC,” Russell said.
“I believe that governments and leaders intend to serve people with that higher purpose,” he added.
“We have replaced motivating people through inspiration with manipulating people through control, fear and incentives.”