Podcast: Mary Hakimi talks with Vietnam Veteran Michael Smart

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Photograph of Michael Smart
Michael Smart photograph by Mary Hakimi

Contributor: Mary Hakimi

Michael Smart is a 68-year-old Vietnam Veteran who lives in Greystanes, with his wife Judy. I’ve known Michael for over five years as a patient at the medical centre I used to work at, but I never knew that he is still battling posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, 45 years after returning to Australia from the Vietnam War.

Michael opened up about the effects the war had on him, his experience getting help from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and what treatment has been like so far.

Music: Northern Lights by Chris Haugen

Speakers by order: Mary Hakimi, Michael Smart, Ken Foster OAM JPDr. Brian O’Toole

Contributor Biography:

Mary Hakimi is a 24-year-old media professional and postgraduate student with a passion for social and digital media. She loves good coffee, travelling, ‘A song of ice and fire’ by George R.R. Martin and beach days. Contact: mhak0122@uni.sydney.edu.au

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