Moral Injury - The War Inside

The Shay Moral Injury Center

What is Moral Injury?

Moral Injury is a relatively recent term used to describe a crisis that soldiers have faced for centuries, the internal suffering that results from breaking your own moral code. It's a wound of the conscience, and it's not just military members who struggle. Anyone can experience Moral Injury.


Effects of Moral Injury

Moral Injury breaks the spirit. It makes people question their ability to do the right thing and leaves them contaminated with the feeling that they're "bad," "disgusting," or "beyond redemption." They may feel that they have an evil twin lurking inside. Moral Injury often leads to self-harm. People turn to alcohol, drugs, and self-isolation to avoid the pain of their feelings. The War Inside may leave some emotionally dead.

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    Moral Injury Resources

    For additional information on Moral Injury and The War Inside, we have summarized our videos as well as some websites, books, movies and journal articles that cover the topic.

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    The War Inside

    Moral Injury is the injury to a person's moral conscience. The result of betraying your personal moral code can become profound internal suffering. Volunteers of America's "The War Inside" discusses what moral injury is and how it affects people.

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    Moral Injury Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn what causes moral injury, what the symptoms are, how it differs from PTSD, what the best treatment is, whether or not it only applies to soldiers, and how you can help a loved one suffering from it.

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For questions, or for more information, about moral injury please contact Sam McAllister.
Phone: (703) 341-5059
smcallister@voa.org
For media-related inquires, please contact David Burch.
Phone: (703) 341-5054
dburch@voa.org
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