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Moral Injury

Remembering What Is Impossible to Forget: Moral Injury and War

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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.

Pile of Skulls

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The Global Terrorism Index indicates that terrorist incidents across the globe have increased pretty much every year since 9/11 and the onset of the "war on terror."

Hidden In Plain Sight: Moral Injury As A Wound Of War

Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D.

This Veteran's Day, let's honor veterans and all people affected by war by striving to understand and address moral injury and the ever-lingering and far reaching consequences of war. The process of healing cannot start unless we can engage what truly ails us.

Empire and Its Consequences

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Robert Koehler

I'm wondering if it isn't time to stare directly at the fundamental wrongness of war. Let me put it as nakedly as I can: A policy of murder and hatred is, in itself, morally wrong as well as strategically untenable.

War, Vets and Moral Injury

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

A new way of thinking about the inner wounds of soldiers and vets is emerging. In war, some -- perhaps most, perhaps all -- participants suffer from moral injury, a transgression of deep belief in how to treat others.

How Do We Repair the Souls of Those Returning from Iraq?

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

The hidden wounds of war do not heal when left unattended; instead, they may fester for years in depression, homelessness, addiction, and a half-lived existence finished by suicide.

War, Conscience And Killing With 'Absolute Certainty'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Absolute certainty can lead to behaviors that are absolutely wrong. Prior to his conversion the apostle Paul was absolutely certain he was right to persecute Christians.