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Sunday, March 6, 2016

War is Hell: Moral Injury: The Psychological Wounds Of War

Healing Moral Wounds of War | June 25, 2015 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
In her book Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers, Georgetown University philosophy professor Nancy Sherman argues that many of the 2.6 million U.S. service members returning from our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from complex moral injuries that are more than post-traumatic stress and that have to do with feelings of guilt, anger, and “the shame of falling short of your lofty military ideals.” Citizens have “a sacred obligation,” says Sherman, to morally engage with those who have fought in our name and who feel moral responsibility for traumatic incidents they experienced. Managing editor Kim Lawton interviews Sherman about the moral aftermath of war and visits a former Marine and his wife to talk about the healing that comes through listening, trust, hope, and moral understanding.
Moral Injury: The Psychological Wounds Of War : NPR
"Moral injury" is a term used in the mental health community to describe the psychological damage service members face when their actions in battle contradict their moral beliefs. Thought it isn't diagnosable, doctors and veterans are searching for ways to support those who have experienced this inner conflict.
Moral Wounds - YouTube
2.6 million veterans in the US have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and about 40,000 in Canada who fought in Afghanistan. Many of them have returned wounded and not only visibly so. The wounds they brought back with them have been caused by moral injuries. Nancy Sherman joins The Agenda to discuss her book, 'Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of Our Soldiers.'

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