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'Moral Injury

Adoption-Related Trauma and Moral Injury

Mirah Riben | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

When most people think of adoption, they think of the joy of a child in need being welcomed with open arms by those who longed for a child. Like a fairy tale! And when we think of trauma, we think of losing limbs, or eyesight. We think of war ...

Two People Discuss War, Formerly Titled: A Marine and an Iraqi Discuss War

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Matthew Hoh

Last month, as part of Ralph Nader's four-day conference in Washington, DC, Breaking Through Power, my friend Raed Jarrar, a Palestinian-Iraqi-America...

'War Hawk,' A Conversation with James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.19.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: James Rollins James Rollins is known to millions of readers. His bestselling thrillers have been translated into more than forty languages. Hi...

From PTSD to Peace: An Inspirational Story

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

My role as a psychotherapist is not to advocate particular responses or causes. My point is that in order to recover from the large and small wars we all experience, we would all do well to follow Eric's example of using trauma as an opening for change.

6 Ways You Can Help a Veteran Suffering PTSD

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It's not a new phenomenon for a politician to use someone's suffering for political gain, but Sarah Palin, in addressing her son's arrest last week for domestic violence, has managed both to propagate a series of misunderstandings about PTSD and to dishonor veterans.

We Can Prevent Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.19.2015 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Janci, an Iraq war veteran, swallowed a fistful of pills and a bottle of wine. She called a friend and asked him to take care of her young daughter, who was in school. She locked all the doors and windows and waited for the mercy of death to free her from the ghosts that haunted her.

Insulting America's Sacred Idols: Helping Veterans Recover From Moral Injury

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

If we are serious as a nation in our platitudes and compassion for veterans, then we must adhere to our nationally self-professed and loudly proclaimed values of justice, honor and courage and speak honestly with our veterans.

Remembering What Is Impossible to Forget: Moral Injury and War

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

To manage our relationship to mortality and the overwhelming power of grief, we sanitize or sequester death and corpses with elaborate rituals and fierce taboos. But war explodes these boundaries and endangers the humanity of those we send to fight.

Beyond Remembrance: Caring For Veterans and Their Families on Memorial Day and Beyond

Coleman Baker | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Coleman Baker

Let us give thanks for the many lives lost on the battlefield. But let us also acknowledge those who returned home, alive and well, but feeling empty, numb, even dead, on the inside. And let us call attention to these invisible wounds that effect so many, raising awareness of the need for our congregations to take action to help their recovery.

I Will No Longer Pay Taxes for War

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

No longer can I look past the reality that my annual voluntary forfeiture of money to my government pays for violence around the globe, at astounding levels, and I am not able to provide any more excuses or rationalizations that paying without protest, that being complicit in funding war without resistance, is not contradictory to my faith and to my conscience.

The Blood Sacrifice of Sergeant Bergdahl

Matthew Hoh | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

As President Ghani arrived with his hand out in Washington, the quid pro quo of course being the propping up of his regime for the propping up of the Lie of the Goodness of the Afghan War, Sergeant Bergdahl was tossed to the crowd.

After American Sniper: Reimaging Returning Home

Zachary Moon | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Zachary Moon

When we see people as heroes, we don't leave enough space for them to struggle as all people do at times in their lives. When we see people as head-cases, we don't leave enough space for them to demonstrate their strengths, courage, and creativity.

We ♥ Militarism

Nan Levinson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

National myths have their purposes, but refusing to examine them or see that they are myths is a form of willful blindness.

Two Poems Post Veterans Day: One of Death, One of Life

Matthew Hoh | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Matthew Hoh

Now I have two poems to read each Veterans Day. One to ensure those who have suffered never leave my purpose and my life, and the second, to remind me that this is my purpose and that this is my life.

Our Souls Turned Into Weapons

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"During basic training, we are weaponized: our souls turned into weapons." Jacob George's suicide last month -- a few days after President Obama anno...

Bombs Are Medication For Guilt, Not Peace, In Iraq

Matthew Hoh | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

This civil war in Iraq is a war caused by our invasion and nearly decade long occupation, no doubt, but it is a war that will only worsen if the United States once again returns and takes a side. As with so many modern wars, a solution lies not in killing, but in compromise.

'I'm a Good Person And Yet I've Done Bad Things': A Warrior's Moral Dilemma

Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

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Huffington Magazine This Week: A New Start

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

I'm excited to announce that our next issue of Huffington will hit the Apple newsstand on March 28, on a new and improved platform. We've listened to your feedback, and we want to bring you the same great stories and design, but in a template that is faster, easier to use, and available beyond the constraints of the iPad.

Huffington Issue 92: Moral Injury, Kristen Bell And HBO's Diversity Problem

Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

In our new issue of Huffington magazine, we launch a three-part series on a rarely discussed issue affecting veterans: moral injury. While PTSD is com...

Coverage of 'Moral Injury' Among U.S. Vets Masks Disregard of Civilian War Suffering

Edward Wasserman | Posted 03.09.2014 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Why do the media have so little place in their editorial imaginations for the pain of these wars when the people hurting aren't ours? Why do they dwell on a bruised fist while ignoring the face it shattered?

The 'Easy' Cure for PTSD? The Cruelty of Shallow Religious Answers

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Got PTSD? If you have enough faith, if you truly believe, televangelist Kenneth Copeland asserts you can get over it, right now! The Bible tells you so. So... are you feeling better yet? No? You're not the only one.

Coming Home from War Is Hell: Preventing Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It is a responsibility of our whole society, especially of communities where veterans live and work. Yet, as many veterans attest, their struggle to come home after war is aggravated by civilians because we are largely clueless about what is truly required to bring people all the way home.

Repairing Our Grief

Greg Carey | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus confronts Peter with the moral injury of the past. Through a ritual reenactment of that scene, Jesus walks Peter through his past and ushers him into a brand new future. Somehow healing begins, and new life bursts forth. May it be so with all who suffer moral injury.

War's Lingering Phantoms

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

As two hellish, costly and needless wars struggle toward collapse, this is the time -- now, right this minute, before the next false alarm goes off -- for us to look honestly at the cost and quality of national security based on militarism.

The Death Of Chris Kyle Is A Call To Congregations To Support Veterans

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Without adequate ways for veterans to process their war experience, reflect on its moral and psychological impact, and restore them to civilian life, we fail as a society to bring them all the way home.