‘Moral Injury’: An Invisible Wound Of War

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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.

Our series on moral injury is a collaboration between WBUR and American Public Media’s Public Insight Network. The series launches June 24.

How To Treat A Veteran’s ‘Moral Injury’

June 28, 2013

BOSTON — It’s a term some experts use to describe the aftereffects of some aspects of active duty.

For Soldiers At War, A Rewiring Of Their Sense Of Right And Wrong

June 27, 2013
An official Marine Corps portrait of Giselle Sterling hangs in her father's home. (M. Scott Brauer/Public Insight Network)

SANDOWN, N.H. — Giselle Sterling, 31, served in Afghanistan. Her father, Nelson, served during the Vietnam War. The two are just now beginning to compare their experiences of war.

A Crisis Of Compassion In The Chaos Of War

June 26, 2013
Tom bought this sketch, which hangs by his front door, after returning home from his second deployment to Iraq. It depicts an American soldier and an Iraqi civilian woman. He says he's still coming to terms with his role in the war. (M. Scott Brauer for the Public Insight Network)

BOSTON — During his second deployment to Iraq, ‘Tom’ found he had trouble holding on to his moral compass. And then reality hit — in the form of a local Iraqi’s dog.

‘Moral Injury’: Gaining Traction, But Still Controversial

June 25, 2013

BOSTON — Experts say members of the military have trouble with the idea that the very thing they are trained to do can injure them.

Defining The Deep Pain PTSD Doesn't Capture

June 24, 2013
(AP)

BOSTON — The concept of moral injury — a betrayal of your sense of right and wrong — has helped Marine Corps Capt. Tyler Boudreau understand years of pain that therapy and medications for PTSD didn’t address.

‘Moral Injury’: When Soldiers Betray Their Sense Of Right And Wrong

June 21, 2013
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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. “Moral injury” is not a diagnosis, but an explanation for many veterans’ emotional responses to their experiences of war.


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  • SuAnTu

    SuAnTu

    30 minutes ago

    I have researched that meds for
    ADHD are given out like candy to our young soldiers. This is on top of
    the use of the med in grade schools, high schools, and in college where
    readily available from many sources. Then add steroid use to this, as in
    many workout venues available, coupled with the latest news re damaged
    quality steroids ( from a laboratory in Framingham Mass for one)
    sometimes being even lethal…I say that the young vets who come home to
    the selfish, media immersed culture which they left but are no longer a
    part have a snowballs chance at being balanced. The people returning
    from battle in WWII Vietnam and Korea were never so isolated both
    physically and mentally. It’s like returning from Mars to Venus.

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