For Australia’s returning servicemen and women, re-assimilation can be a daily struggle – especially if they’re among the almost 20 per cent of defence force personnel suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Many seek comfort in pubs and RSL clubs. But as welfare experts explain (above), they end up battling a new enemy – gambling addiction.

— Story by Thomas Costigan @ThomasCostigan

*If you or anyone you know needs support or would like more information about gambling addiction, you can contact Gambling Help NSW on 1800 858 858.