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Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide begins in Brisbane

A mother whose army veteran son took his own life has made an emotional plea for reform at the start of the long-awaited Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

Karen Bird’s 32-year-old son Jesse Bird took his own life in 2017 weeks after losing a claim for permanent impairment he had been pursuing for almost two years.

  • Emma Pollard
  • ABC News

Speaking outside of the commission on its opening day, Ms Bird said although her son died four-and-a-half …

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