The Voice Australia: Afghanistan veteran and PTSD sufferer wows judges

Last updated 11:53 17/05/2016

After thirteen years in the army, 49-year-old war veteran Crissy Ashcroft auditions on The Voice with Cold Chisel's classic When The War Is Over, a song with intense personal meaning for her.

Chrissy Ashcroft, 49, sang Cold Chisel's When the War is Over because the song had deep personal significance to her.
Delta Goodrem responds in her characteristically understated manner.

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A war veteran and PTSD sufferer wowed The Voice last night, making it through to the next round of the competition while revealing her struggle with returning to ordinary life after being on tour in Afghanistan.

Chrissy Ashcroft, 49, took to the stage in the show's blind audition rounds last night to sing a heartfelt rendition of Cold Chisel's When the War is Over.

Breaking down in her pre-performance interview, Ashcroft said even receiving an audition was an achievement, adding that her song choice symbolised her decision that she did not want to live "like this" anymore.

"This morning, getting myself here to this stage of sitting with you, it's been a hard road," Ashcroft said on the program. "So many times I've said, 'I can't do this.' I struggle every day."

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Ashcroft has been in the military for 13 years. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, but was forced to return home after suffering what she described as both physical and mental injuries.

"I saw things that I can't unsee," she told the program.

After returning to Australia, Ashcroft was diagnosed with PTSD.

"I have triggers, like if I hear a car backfire I used to just hit the deck and go onto my stomach no matter where I was, which was quite strange in the middle of Sydney."

As Ashcroft progressed through her performance, it seemed unclear whether any of the judges' chairs would turn for her. However, Delta Goodrem proved to be her saving grace, turning in the song's final moments to claim Ashcroft for Team Delta. 

When she had finished her performance, Goodrem rushed up to her, telling her she was, "so excited" to work with her, to which Ashcroft replied with a confused, "Really?"

Ashcroft proved to be something of a fan favourite on Twitter, with many expressing gratitude for her service and frankness about life after a tour of duty.

- The Age


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