As a former Australian Army officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Brown argues that commemoration of the conflict has lost its way. The gap between civilian and military life has never been wider, and this presents its own set of problems. As soldiers return from present-day conflicts, resources for their rehabilitation into civilian life are thinner than ever before. The public preponderance for romanticising a hundred year-old conflict, rather than focusing on the needs of the men and women in today’s armed forces has caused a schism that is preventing genuine understanding and reintegration.
James Brown is the author of ANZAC’s Long Shadow: the cost of our national obsession. (rodneyvc)