Veterans who have been a part of something that betrays their sense of right and wrong often find themselves grappling with what researchers are only now beginning to understand – something that PTSD doesn’t quite capture. They call it “moral injury.” It’s not a diagnosis, but an explanation for many veterans’ emotional responses to their experiences of war.
This illustrated story is part of our series, ‘Moral Injury’: An Invisible Wound Of War, a collaboration between WBUR and American Public Media’s Public Insight Network. We continue our series on Monday with the story of former Marine Corps Capt. Tyler Boudreau and his struggle to understand years of pain that medicine and therapy for PTSD didn’t address.