Returning Veterans and Moral Injury
Moral Injury, a type of wounding of the soul or conscience, can stay with a veteran long after their military service concludes. The feelings of shame, regret and fear that many combat veterans carry in response to violent events they participated in or witnessed, propel them to suicide, drug abuse and other self-destructive behaviors.
Moral Injury often does not respond to traditional therapy or drugs. Instead, the healing can come through long-term involvement with a caring community who are ready to help bear the painful memories and guilt some veterans carry.
Church communities can play a major part in veterans finding peace and wholeness again. The Peace and Justice Support Network is working with a variety of Mennonite Church USA congregations and other partners to learn more about how churches can prepare to be places of healing for returning veterans.