“The War Inside” – What is Moral Injury?
Moral injury is the damage done to one’s conscience or moral compass when that person perpetrates, witnesses, or fails to prevent acts that transgress one’s own moral beliefs, values, or ethical codes of conduct. Moral injury is the internal pain we may feel when life’s experiences violate our own understanding of right and wrong. This wounding of the soul may leave us feeling emotionally broken, distrustful of others or not being able to trust our self. Such anchors on our soul limit our capacity to live fully and to live at peace. Our focus is on creating community awareness of moral injury, offering training so as to create a moral injury network in the communities we serve, and providing training and support for moral injury healing groups.
Many combat veterans come home with invisible would of the soul causing shame, guilt, anger, grief, and depression. Currently, Veterans have a 57% higher risk of suicide than the general population. We are committed to reducing the number of Veteran suicides through our Mending Wounded Souls Program.
We are bringing education, training, and one-on-one moral injury healing to Veterans who are trying to find and maintain permanent housing. For some Veterans, the symptoms of moral injuries (anger, isolation, and/or destructive behaviors such as self-punishment) might be barriers to sustained housing. We have staff who can help eligible Veterans increase their personal well-being to better one’s housing stability.
Our ministry team partners with Moral Injury staff to offer intentional spiritual care for all those reaching out in need. We offer individual pastoral care and Moral Injury Worship services that include song, prayer, shared stories, and the breaking of bread together. This is a safe, inviting space where Veterans can commune with God.
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