Moral Injury Training Events

Meaning-Making, Moral Injury, and Personal Growth:
The Role of the Narrative in Healing Trauma

At Volunteers of America, we are committed to raising awareness about Moral Injury and educating community partners on how it can affect those around us. Join us for trainings presented by Major (Retired) Josh Mantz, a motivational speaker and process philosopher focused on trauma, consciousness, and near-death experiences.

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  • Cheyenne, WY

    Cheyenne Training

    Use the link below to join us on April 27, 2022 from 9:00am - 4:30pm. You will be taken directly to our Webinar, where the in-person event will be streamed live.

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    Rapid City Training

    Use the link below to join us on May 4, 2022 from 9:00am - 4:30pm. You will be taken directly to our Webinar, where the in-person event will be streamed live.

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    Helena Training

    Use the link below to join us on May 11, 2022 from 9:00am - 4:30pm. You will be taken directly to our Webinar, where the in-person event will be streamed live.

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Event Program for all three events

09:00-09:15 – Life-Threat, Traumatic Loss, and Moral Injury in 15-Seconds
09:15-09:45 – Intensity, Complexity, and Chronicity
09:45-10:00 – Life-Threat, Fear, and Phenomenology
10:00-10:15 – Traumatic Loss and the Story of Harper
10:15-10:30 – 15 Minute Break

10:30-11:00 – Responsibility, Justification, Wrongdoing
11:00-11:30 – Moral Trauma and the Story of Hajil
11:30-12:00 – Q&A
12:00-13:30 – 1.5 Hour Break for Lunch **
13:30-14:30 – Panel Discussion focused on Community Leadership
14:30-15:15 – VOA Led Training – Community Leadership and Moral Injury
15:15-15:30 - 15 Minute Break
15:30-16:30 – VOA Led Training – Healing and Growth from Betrayal through Forgiveness

**Lunch will not be provided at these events.

Meet our Speaker – Josh Mantz

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Major (Retired) Josh Mantz is a motivational speaker and process philosopher focused on trauma, consciousness, and near-death experiences (NDEs). He's a graduate of West Point’s famous “Class of 9/11” and served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army for nearly 10 years. He’s a recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge and is one of 25 Veterans whose combat experience is showcased in the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

Josh held a variety of leadership positions throughout his military career. He served as a platoon leader in eastern Baghdad during the height of counterinsurgency operations in the Middle East. This period of time during Operation Iraqi Freedom is often referred to as the “troop surge” during which tens of thousands of Soldiers were deployed to stabilize Iraq amidst a multi-headed insurgency, competing insurrections, sectarian violence, and civil war. Josh’s sector bordered Sadr City and was considered to be one of the most violent areas of Baghdad during one of the most intense periods of the Global War on Terrorism.

In April of 2007, Josh and another member of his team were critically wounded by an enemy sniper attack. The high-caliber bullet severed Staff Sergeant Marlon Harper’s aorta – killing him – and then ricocheted into Josh’s upper right thigh, severing his femoral artery. Josh went on to “flatline” for 15 minutes before being revived by an expert medical team. He recovered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and redeployed to Baghdad less than 5 months later to finish the deployment with his team. This experience was the catalyst that set the conditions for Josh’s current work in psychological trauma.