An inspiring DVA TV video

In the latest DVA TV video, Army veteran Chris Thompson-Lang shares his story of finding balance and a new direction after service.

Chris served as a combat engineer in East Timor and later as a combat first-aider in Afghanistan. The latter experience left him hospitalised with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, which led to him being medically discharged.

However, Chris has been able to turn his life around.

‘The time from when I was diagnosed with PTSD until now has involved a lot of hard work but it’s been supported by DVA. When I was diagnosed with PTSD there was someone there to say, “We’ve got you”.

‘Whether you stay in the military or transition out, there’s that sense of a safety net.’

He adds that it’s important to take responsibility for your own health in conjunction with the department.

‘Most of us in the military become injured or ill quite young and there’s a long life to live after that. So taking responsibility for our own health and recovery with the support of the department is going to lead to a much more fulfilling life.’

Chris trained to become a yoga teacher and now works at Frontline Yoga where he helps other veterans who are transitioning out of the military. He’s proud of how he can use his new job to support other veterans.

‘When you leave the military, that sense of service doesn’t have to end. You just need to find a new way to serve. But you’ve got to look after yourself first.’

Thank you Chris for sharing your inspiring story with us, and for your service.

Watch Chris’s story on DVA TV and subscribe to the channel to receive updates when new content is released.