"I COULDN'T reach out to him," said musician and radio announcer for Bay FM Nyck Jeanes.
"My father created a good life for his family, but he was always somewhat remote.
"He suffered from post traumatic stress disorder but I couldn't ask him about it."
Now, for the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, the Byron Bay man has recorded a song for his father and for returned soldiers, expressing how he felt.
Mr Jeanes said it was not only for his father, a Rat Of Tobruk, but for all Anzacs who often never spoke of their experiences, leaving a generational mark on their families and society.
Produced by Murray Burns of MI-SEX and featuring young artist Claire Taylor and backing vocals by Indigenous woman Marcelle Townshend-Cross, the song is a call to remember and reflect, to be proud and to honour those brave souls who gave their lives, but also to understand the traumas of conflict that im
pact families down through generations, he said.
Twenty per cent of all proceeds from the sale of the CD on which the song features will go to charity Soldier On: Helping our Wounded Warriors.
Soldier On supports men and women who have been wounded, physically or psychologically, in contemporary conflicts.
Mr Jeanes said: "My father died quite young after retirement - he was 66. He let those demons come back to haunt him."
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