One betrays his or her sense of what’s right, under orders, in a high-stakes situation. By the mid-1990s, psychologist Jonathan Shay called the condition that results “moral injury.” The idea is gaining traction among researchers, veterans and the military — but not everyone is embracing the idea.
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There’s growing interest in a condition known as moral injury — or, wounds to a veteran’s spirit or soul from events that “transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.” The concept has helped one Marine better understand what years of PTSD treatment never fully addressed.
Newsrooms around the country have been using the Public Insight Network to bring firsthand veteran experience to their reporting and to bring people together for engagement events in their communities.
Veterans of many generations wrote to tell us how their experience in the military informs their views on the Pentagon’s decision to expand the role of women in combat. Read their stories, then tell us yours.
“I am a 26-year-old college student, where my classmates are 18. I am just starting my life, after I have lived a complete one already.”
When Eugenia Weiss started a career in social work, no one was talking about the needs of combat veterans or military families. She says her colleagues in the field have only recently recognized the unique needs and challenges of that fast-growing population.
Hiring enough mental health staff to serve service members is only so helpful if they don’t understand military culture. A unique program at USC is training a new generation of social workers in the specific health issues facing returning servicemen and services and the ins and outs of military rank, jargon and lifestyle.
For years, advocates have warned of a looming shortage of mental health professionals to care for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which experts say have been particularly hazardous to mental health.
Veterans with other-than-honorable discharges who are not locked up are still in a sort of prison: They do not always qualify for Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation.
The number of incarcerated veterans is near impossible to pin down. And inmates who are also veterans don’t have the kind of direct access to services specifically tailored to their needs that their counterparts on the outside do.