Posts Tagged: veteran

‘Moral injury’ gaining traction, but still controversial

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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.

Tyler Boudreau: One Marine’s struggle to define moral injury

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Photo courtesy of Tyler Bondreau

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.

Taking brain injury from combat to campus

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Traumatic brain injury often causes trouble with concentration, reading comprehension and memory — the very things that would likely prevent academic success. For veterans attempting to navigate the rhythms of college life, they can spell disaster.

For veterans, temporary relief from disability waits

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Randy Meyer (left) and a fellow board member go over applications for emergency grants at the October meeting of the Arizona Military Family Relief Fund board. (Photo by Jeff Severns Guntzel | Public Insight Network)

More than 800,000 claims for disability benefits are languishing in the VA’s overstretched system. Veterans — often young — waiting on their claims can find themselves in desperate financial straits. A fund in Arizona acts as a stopgap to get them through.