Army veteran who struggled with ‘demons’ after returning from battle in Afghanistan is found dead in his hotel room on Anzac Day
- An army veteran who has been to Afghanistan has been found dead in his hotel
- Bradley Carr, 34, had been receiving treatment for Post-traumatic stress
- He was found in his hotel room on the Gold Coast on Thursday morning
An army veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from Afghanistan was found dead in his hotel room on Anzac Day.
Bradley Carr, 34, lived in Cairns but had been on the Gold Coast seeking mental health treatment when he was found in his hotel room bed at about 10am on Thursday, according to The Age.
The cause of death has yet to be determined, however, his mother, Glenda Weston, has spoken about her son’s lengthy battle to readjust to life after war.
Bradley Carr, 34, lived in Cairns but had been on the Gold Coast seeking mental health treatment when he was found in his hotel room bed at about 10am on Thursday morning
Mr Carr grew up in Charters Towers and joined the defence force in 2007.
He was sent to Afghanistan in 2009 and was there for about a year before returning to Australia.
He left the army in 2012.
His mother has been critical of how the defence force has dealt with the ‘epidemic’ of PTSD among soldiers.
‘His biggest problem was to start with it took a long time to have him diagnosed with PTSD because no-one wanted to be part of it,’ Mrs Weston said.
‘Things got so bad, I got so desperate. At the end of the day the system doesn’t know how to handle PTSD. The doctors, they just prescribe drugs because they don’t know how to handle it.’
‘It’s become an epidemic with our boys. It’s tragic. Then to watch your own son (go through it). The demons in their heads is intense. It took a long time before anything happened. These boys are juggling drug abuse, alcoholism, but the biggest thing they are battling is their PTSD.’
She claims her son was not debriefed or offered counselling after he returned from service.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Defence for comment.
He was sent to Afghanistan in 2009 and was there for about a year before returning to Australia