Brite Divinity School Wins Grant to Study ‘Moral Injury’ Among Combat Veterans
Dallas Morning News, April 17, 2012
Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth has received a $650,000 private grant to help U.S. combat veterans overcome “moral injury” and to train communities to support recovery efforts.
A news release about the grant, which comes from the Lilly Endowment, is after the jump.
The Soul Repair Project will begin in June. A conference on the subject is planned for November.
“Veteran suicide rates are alarmingly high, and we believe one important factor is the neglect of attention to moral injury,” the people behind the project, Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini, say in the news release.
Nakashima Brock is on the Brite faculty. Lettini is academic dean of the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif.
The two are co-authors of a book due out in November, Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War.
They said “moral injury” is not the same as post-traumatic stress disorder. The latter is a clinically recognized psychological affliction; the former “is the response of healthy people to war, not a psychological disorder.”
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