“Combat comes at a moral cost. The good news is that in the safety of safe, caring relationships … people can find forgiveness and healing for moral wounds. They don't have to be mortal wounds.” – Chaplain (Col.) Thomas Waynick, Pentagon Chaplain
May 4, 2015 - As a service member, you may encounter inner conflicts, ethical or moral challenges during deployments, special missions, or in the course of one’s duty. You may be required to act in ways that go against your moral beliefs or witness behaviors by others that make you feel uncomfortable.1 These experiences can lead to moral injury.
This article explores the concept of moral injury, why a service member might experience it and the resources available for care and support.
What is Moral Injury?
Moral injury occurs when one experiences an act that conflicts with or violates a core moral value, or deeply held belief, and leads to an internal moral conflict. It is the betrayal of what you may feel is morally right. It might arise from your own actions or inaction, other people’s behaviors or by witnessing the suffering of others. Moral injury can occur either during or at some point after the event, and may be associated with feeling shame or guilt.
Examples can include participation in direct or indirect actions such as: read more>>>