Toowoomba mum fights for nation's young war heroes
A TOOWOOMBA mum whose son took his own life after a tour of Afghanistan is the new face of a national campaign to highlight the plight of Australia's young vets at risk.
Army private Shaun Jenkins suffered from post traumatic stress disorder in silence when he returned from the seven-month tour.
Shaun took his own life on January 31 at just 24.
He served in the Australian Defence Force from May 2010.
Shaun is one of 239 Australian soldiers lost to suicide at home since 1999. Reportedly there have been 16 just this year.
Jon Davey from the Royal Australian Infidel reported at the time of Shaun's tragic death: "Last weekend we lost a serving soldier from 1 RAR to suicide, PTE Shaun Jenkins.
"He had sought and been provided professional advice and treatment in 2015 for his mental health but lost his battle this year.
"Shaun will be laid to rest by his warrior brothers with a military funeral this coming Tuesday.
"The one thing I take away from this is to impress on the younger ones coming up that true strength comes from knowing when it's okay to admit you need support and to seek help earlier rather than later.
"While preparing for his funeral all last week I found out we lost another soldier, another serving member of the RAR. It was then that I stopped and thought for a moment about another Battalion, another family grieving the loss of a brother, preparing to say goodbye."
"Maintain the rage guys, get the word out there that in our brotherhood, you never need to be alone, no matter what demons you are fighting.
""Duty First" ~ Jon Davey"
Mrs Jenkins is one of the faces of the Walking Wounded campaign.
It aims to raise money and awareness of what Walking Wounded founder Brian Freeman calls a "serious problem".
For more information visit www.walkingwounded.org.au
If you or someone you know needs help, call Lifeline 131 114 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.