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Voice of a Veteran: Heston Russell to visit Canberra

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Voice of a Veteran founder and advocate for veterans’ mental health Heston Russell. Photo: Supplied.

After 16 years in the military, in which he became a Special Forces Commando Officer, Heston Russell thought, like many veterans, that the path ahead was fairly straight forward.

He secured a well paid civilian job, bought an inner-city apartment and lived a life that looked perfect. On paper.

Behind the façade, Heston says he was struggling.

“I went from a highly trained military officer to having suicidal thoughts. After much education and therapy, I now realise that my transition from military life to civilian life was not ideal. I had lost my why, my purpose,” Heston said.

“In the military, we are trained to serve our…



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