Moral Injury has been called the “signature
wound” of today’s wars. It is also as old as the human record of war, as
evidenced in the ancient war epics of Greece, India, and the Middle East. But
what exactly is Moral Injury? What are its causes and consequences? What can we
do to prevent or limit its occurrence among those we send to war? And, above
all, what can we do to help heal afflicted warriors?
This landmark volume provides an invaluable resource for those looking for answers to these questions. Gathered here are some of the most far-ranging, authoritative, and accessible writings to date on the topic of Moral Injury. Contributors come from the fields of psychology, theology, philosophy, psychiatry, law, journalism, neuropsychiatry, classics, poetry, and, of course, the profession of arms. Their voices find common cause in informing the growing, international conversation on war and war’s deepest and most enduring invisible wound. Few may want to have this myth-challenging, truth-telling conversation, but it is one we must have if we truly wish to help those we send to fight our wars.