Holding on to Hope - Ben's Story
At 25, soldier Ben was sent to East Timor as assistant to the forces commander. Being fluent in Indonesian, Ben formed a deep bond with the locals and saw the best and worst of humanity there. He helped deliver a baby but also witnessed the terrible Suai Church Massacre.
Although he returned to Australia in body, his spirit was elsewhere. The experience left him battling PTSD for years. It wasn’t until he called Lifeline and was advised to see his GP that he was finally diagnosed. Ben tells how his family, competing in the Invictus Games, discovering a talent for art, rowing at sunrise, and simply enjoying being “ordinary” all helped him return to life.