Supporting partners of veterans

Partners of Veterans Association’s Jude Firth, Kerryn McDonnell and Sandra Cross. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d419273
Partners of Veterans Association’s Jude Firth, Kerryn McDonnell and Sandra Cross. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d419273

The group was formed in 2003 in response to the growing needs of the wives, husbands and partners of service veterans, many of whom had become the primary care givers for their partners living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Association president Sandra Cross, of Ballajura, said many veterans were dealing with PTSD, which also affected the lives of their partners, children and the wider community.

‘Many are dealing with a husband who can’t work, so they are on reduced incomes,’ she said.

‘You can’t go anywhere and you are always at fault with your partner. Anything could set them off.

‘Our support aims to make it easier to live with veterans who are dealing with PTSD.’

Mrs Cross said the association acted as a support group providing information, links to service providers, non-judgmental support and respite.

‘Our main aim is to let partners know that they are not alone,’ she said.

‘We had one partner whose husband couldn’t leave the front yard’