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Author Brock, Rita Nakashima.

Title Soul repair : recovering from moral injury after war / Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini ; with Camillo Mac Bica, Herman Keizer, Jr., Pamela Lightsey, and Camilo Ernesto Mejia.

Imprint Boston : Beacon Press, ©2012.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  362.86 BROCK    Check Shelf
Description xxvii, 144 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-144).
Summary Although veterans make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for an alarming 20 percent of all suicides. And though treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder has undoubtedly alleviated suffering and allowed many service members returning from combat to transition to civilian life, the suicide rate for veterans under thirty has been increasing. Research by Veterans Administration health professionals and veterans' own experiences now suggest an ancient but unaddressed wound of war may be a factor: moral injury. This deep-seated sense of transgression includes feelings of shame, grief, meaninglessness, and remorse from having violated core moral beliefs. Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini, who both grew up in families deeply affected by war, have been working closely with vets on what moral injury looks like, how vets cope with it, and what can be done to heal the damage inflicted on soldiers' consciences. In Soul Repair, the authors tell the stories of four veterans of wars from Vietnam to our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan--Camillo "Mac" Bica, Herman Keizer Jr., Pamela Lightsey, and Camilo Mejía--who reveal their experiences of moral injury from war and how they have learned to live with it. Brock and Lettini also explore its effect on families and communities, and the community processes that have gradually helped soldiers with their moral injuries. Soul Repair will help veterans, their families, members of their communities, and clergy understand the impact of war on the consciences of healthy people, support the recovery of moral conscience in society, and restore veterans to civilian life. When a society sends people off to war, it must accept responsibility for returning them home to peace.
Contents Introduction -- I became a soldier -- Killing changes you -- Coming home is hell -- I will live with moral injury the rest of my life -- Soul repair.
Subject Military ethics -- United States.
War -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Veterans -- Mental health -- United States.
Guilt and culture -- United States.
Shame -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Veterans -- United States -- Psychology.
Veterans -- Suicidal behavior -- United States -- Prevention.
Forgiveness -- Therapeutic use.
Conscience. (DNLM)D003242
Veterans -- psychology. (DNLM)D014728Q000523
Violence -- ethics. (DNLM)D014754Q000941
Violence -- psychology. (DNLM)D014754Q000523
Warfare -- ethics. (DNLM)D014857Q000941
United States. (DNLM)D014481
Forgiveness -- Therapeutic use. (OCoLC)fst00932867
Guilt and culture. (OCoLC)fst00949097
Military ethics. (OCoLC)fst01021166
Remorse. (OCoLC)fst01094459
Shame -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst01115185
Veterans -- Mental health. (OCoLC)fst01165781
Veterans -- Psychology. (OCoLC)fst01165790
War -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst01170352
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Lettini, Gabriella.
Added Title Recovering from moral injury after war
ISBN 9780807029077 (alk. paper)
0807029076 (alk. paper)
9780807029121 (pbk.)
0807029122 (pbk.)
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