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Vietnam veteran rides from Hanoi to Aust

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Tom Rabe

It was a horrible sense of deja vu that triggered a decision by Vietnam War veteran Laurie Sams to cycle 10,000 kilometres from Hanoi to Canberra.

Watching a new generation of troops returning from war with the same mental scars he suffered led the former Special Air Services soldier to raise awareness for post traumatic stress disorder.

"About three years ago I started to see some of the young veterans suffering and slip through the nets," Mr Sams said outside Parliament House on Thursday.

"I've had mothers write to me about their sons committing suicide."

Mr Sams, who lost a leg in a 1995 parachuting accident, spent almost four months cycling through Vietnam and across Australia in the name of PTSD, battling monsoons, rough roads and flat tyres.

The 67-year-old hopes the ride will spark discussion about PTSD in both the defence community and general public.

"One of the big things about PTSD is you need to be talking about it," Mr Sams said.

"We all put on invisible suits of armour but I think we need to have it out there and talked about in the community, its all about education and awareness."

Mr Sam was met by former governor-general and SAS commander Major General Philip Michael Jeffery, veterans affairs minister Dan Tehan and assistant minister for cities and digital transformation Angus Taylor.

He will continue on to Sydney, where he plans to finish his ride at the Opera House on November 20.

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