Life on the Line‘s Alex Lloyd interviews 2nd Commando Regiment veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, Heston Russell.
Heston already had a profile in the Australian community through his post-military career in the fitness world and rose to further national prominence in 2020, when an unnamed US soldier accused his platoon of unlawfully killing a prisoner in Afghanistan.
Heston counterattacked, speaking out on national media to strongly refute the claims.
Since then, he’s remained in the public spotlight, becoming a spokesman for the veteran community – through Voice of a Veteran – in the lead-up to and wake of the Brereton report into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
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Alex Lloyd spoke to Heston on the balcony of his Sydney home in February 2021 to learn more about the man behind the headlines.
Heston spoke very eloquently about
- his life and career
- seeds of doubt about ADF and political leadership
- his problems with DVA
- Voice of a Veteran
- and what’s next
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