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ISIS attacks create ticking time bomb for Aussie veterans

THE Australian ex-military community is very, very nervous following the ISIS attacks in the past week.

Former Australian Army medic and current psychologist specialising in soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dr Kenneth O'Brien, says the vast majority of Australian military veterans are feeling anxious over the attacks.

"It may be safe to assume that this extends to current serving personnel and their families. And when you get a large group of very nervous, highly experienced, hardened military veterans with a common understanding and belief you have a thinly capped volcano.

"There seems a common thread of mistrust in our government," the Rockhampton-based psychologist said.

"Many of our mates died to defend democracy and freedom based on Christian ideology, and now our leaders appear to be not resisting this incursion.

"It is dishonouring our fallen."

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has paid tribute to France, vowing that free societies "will not be cowed by terrorism, no matter how shocking".

He that that while "we can't pretend the risk is not there", Australia's security agencies work constantly to ensure these attacks do not occur.

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