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I have been blessed by a great counselor, Patsy F, with the VA. When the concept of moral injury was explained as above, it was as if a switch had been thrown. Finally, a clear understanding and explanation of what I had been going through. I deeply appreciate those who have researched and finally clearly explained what so many have been suffering.
I know now that I did the best that I could, but I failed to protect the innocent none the less. I have lived with guilt and severe anxiety. I have not yet come to grips with it fully, but just knowing and understanding the concept has allowed me to begin to heal. The best I can describe it is that the anxiety feels like the lash of an icy, satanic whip. I had no peace and guilt always pointed a finger at my soul. Moral injury is that bad. The aftermath was worse than the war. Being able to understand the concept of moral injury has allowed me to move forward and out of the pit. Thank you to all who to help vets. you are saving lives.