Giselle Sterling and her father, Nelson, both served in the Marines — she in Afghanistan, he in Vietnam. They’re only now beginning to talk to each other about the experience of war, and what it’s done to their long-term pictures of themselves.
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During his second deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Army, ‘Tom’ found himself losing his sense of compassion amid the chaos of war. As hard as he tried, he had trouble holding on to his moral compass. And then: Reality hit, in the form of a local Iraqi resident’s dog.
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.
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.
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.
A 2008 survey of returning service members found that about one-third of respondents said they had experienced some type of mental health issue since getting home. As these conflicts wind down, do we fully understand what the experience of combat can do to a person?
Sgt. Andrew Napier was a medic: He was trained to recognize the signs of TBI in his men. Now, he sees them in himself as he navigates life back home.
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.
We’ve been reporting on wait times at Veterans Affairs offices for a few months now, and we’d like you to listen to a few things we’ve heard and tell us how they do (or don’t) correspond with your experience.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s new book raises the question: After more than 10 years of war, what is essential knowledge for Americans trying to assess the war and how it has been waged?