In 2012, Private Robert Poate, Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic and Sapper James Martino were killed at their base at Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province in a so-called 'green on blue' attack. Hekmatullah, part of the Afghan National Army stationed in the base, opened fire on a group of Aussie soldiers as they were playing cards.
Robert's father Hugh Poate feels betrayed in many ways by the ADF and the government, and he sits down with 10 News First's Hugh Riminton to discuss his disappointment at not only what unfolded after that terrible day but also what took place before it.
In his book "Failures of Command: The Death of Private Robert Poate", Hugh Poate details his experiences trying to get answers regarding the circumstances that led to the death of his son.
If you, or someone you know, needs support call Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046. It is a national mental health service that provides 24-hour free and confidential counselling, group programs and suicide prevention training for current and ex-serving ADF members, and their families.
Alternatively, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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