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Military Life

139 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


93.PART 1- A Spouse tells the story of her Broken Soldier and how she helped put him back together

In PART 1 of episode 93, I talk to spouse Kaz about defence life, back to back deployments and her husband’s shocking injury that led to his discharge.

TRIGGER WARNING- There is some discussion of suicide in this episode. If this episode brings anything up for you please contact FREE ADF mental health service Open Arms on 1800 011 046 or in case of emergency call 000.

Kaz and I also talk about;

  • Her husband joining reserves to ease them into defence life
  • How a few weekends of reserve time turned into so much more
  • Back to back deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Her husband’s intent to transfer to full-time Army and join the SAS
  • How an accident while on a 10-day training exercise changed everything
  • What happened when Kaz received the call to say her husband had been injured
  • Why her husband ended up going back out field and what happened when he returned home
  • The injuries he sustained and being misdiagnosed for months and months
  • Her husband reaching breaking point with his pain and not knowing where to turn
  • The long fight to get the help and support her husband needed
  • The impact his injury had on him and their family
  • Finally receiving a diagnosis and why that caused her husband to spiral
  • Her husband wishing he had died on deployment and what Kaz did next
  • How Kaz stepped up for her husband to demand the help he needed

Click on the link below if you would like to follow Kaz and Matt’s journey.

Or to find out more about Kaz’s book (mentioned in this ep) My Broken Soldier- The untold story of life beyond the front line click through to her website


Ready to join the MWL community? Click through the link to get connected xx

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