War Veteran With PTSD Breaks Down In Tears On ‘The Voice Australia’ [VIDEO]
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War veteran Crissy Ashcroft was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and was diagnosed with PTSD when she came home. For her Blind Audition on The Voice Australia, Crissy sang “When The War Is Over” to finally get some closure. Take a look at her very emotional performance below.
Crissy Ashcroft Had An Emotional Audition On ‘The Voice Australia’
Crissy broke down before her Blind Audition talking about all of the struggles she has faced. “I want my war to be over,” she said. “I don’t want to feel like this anymore.” Opening up about the things she has seen while deployed that have stayed with her forever was a very raw and real moment for her.
She channeled this emotion into her Blind Audition where she belted out the power ballad. Coach Delta Goodrem turned her chair at the very last second. Once Crissy realized Delta turned her chair she broke down in tears. She ran up onto the stage to give Chrissy a hug. She explained to the coaches that this audition was a step off from her leaving the army. “I have pretty bad PTSD, so the song I just sang was about my war being over” she explained. “This is the start of showing other servicemen and women to stay strong, you can get here.”
Crissy went up against Marcia Howard in the Battles on Team Delta. The pair sang “Wicked Game.” Delta said that Chrissy’s performance had “a lot of heart and soul and a lot of fight.” Marcia was chosen as the winner of the Battle which sent Chrissy home.
If you were inspired by Crissy’s story on The Voice Australia and her ability to be so vulnerable about her life experiences, check out the compilation below. Host Mriganka talks about several meaningful acts from talent competition shows and how they moved so many people with their performances and stories.
Where Is She Now?
After appearing on The Voice Australia, Crissy filed a lawsuit against Nine network and a military website that claimed she exaggerated her war experiences and had never been in combat. She denied the allegations and offered to show proof that her experiences that she described were real.
She provided a statement to WHO to set the record straight. “Over the last week, the story of my service on operations has been publicly questioned and sadly drawn much attention and anger from many people, particularly other veterans,” she wrote. “Many versions of my story exist in the media, online and in social media that are incorrect or misrepresent what I did.”
“During my 13 years service, including a deployment to Afghanistan, I have suffered both physical and mental injuries as a direct cause from my military service,” she continued. “I do not and have never claimed to be a Special Forces operator or to have fought alongside them in combat.”
The Women’s Veterans Network also conducted their own investigation of the claims made against her and found no evidence to suggest that they were true.