Senate Inquiry into Afghanistan underway

Many in the veteran community may already be aware that a Senate Inquiry into Australia’s engagement in Afghanistan is underway. The recent events in Afghanistan and Australia’s subsequent withdrawal continues to be of great concern for many Australians, but especially current and former serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families and those who served in Afghanistan.

The Senate Inquiry will look into a number of matters around Australia’s support and engagement in Afghanistan over the last 20 years leading up to, and including, Australia’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. An interim report is expected to be delivered on 29 November 2021, and a final report by the first sitting week in February 2022.

To those who served in Afghanistan, please be assured that whatever the reports contain, your contributions to support the people of Afghanistan on behalf of Australia are deeply valued and will never be forgotten. You did an incredibly important job, in the most difficult of circumstances, and you should be proud of your service.

Support hotlines

Safe Zone Support - call 1800 142 072.
Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling - call 1800 011 046.
Defence all-hours Support Line – call 1800 628 036.
Defence Family Helpline – call 1800 624 608.
For advice, claims and support services, call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) or visit www.dva.gov.au.

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