The Moral Injury Project is pleased to announce our upcoming event “Moral Injury: A Spiritual Journey” hosted at Le Moyne College on Saturday, June 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Reilley Room on the 4th floor of Reilly Hall, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY. See https://www.lemoyne.edu/Visit/Getting-Here. Parking directions and location directions are at the end of this message and attached. Please join us as we explore, listen, and reflect on the spiritual journeys and personal stories of veterans who have grappled with moral injury.
This event features Daniel Piňa, a retired Infantryman and military pastor who provides intensive support through ministry to veterans, service members, and their families at New Life Christian Church in Watertown, New York. His unwavering dedication to the veteran community extends beyond the boundaries of the local parish to networks of mutually supportive partnerships within clergy, chaplains, police, fire departments, family members, and caregivers from a variety of disciplines. As a dual Master’s student in trauma counseling and industrial/organizational psychology with 16 years of active duty service, Daniel’s firsthand experience offers a unique and valuable perspective on resilience and healing.
Veteran Barry Belles and active duty service member Daniel Bryan will also offer remarks. Barry Belles is a 21 year Army Combat Veteran who completed three combat tours in Iraq with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division in 2004-2005, 2006-2007, and 2009-2010. He also deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina in 1999. First Sergeant Daniel Bryan is a 34 year old Combat veteran from the State of New Mexico. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2002 as an Infantrymen and has witnessed combat over the course of 5 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The panel will be followed by time for questions and a break-out group session for further discussion.
Light breakfast items, coffee, water, and a lunch will be available as part of the event. Registration for the event is needed so we can estimate numbers for food/refreshments. You can register via this google form:
For questions about the event, please email Eileen E. Schell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking is available in Lots F and B (see attached pdf.) If parking in Lot F, enter the doors at the end of Reilly Hall; you will be between the second and third floors. The Reilley Room (yes, the spelling is different) is at the top of the stairs on the fourth floor. Better accessible parking is available in Lot B. From Lot B, enter the door beneath the glassed walkways between Reilly and Grewen Halls. An elevator is a bit to the left by the stairs. Take the elevator to the fourth floor, walk straight ahead through the windowed hallway, and turn right at the end.
The Moral Injury Project at Syracuse University formed in Summer 2014 after a gathering of academics, administrators, researchers, religious scholars, veterans, professors, chaplains, and mental health providers addressed the question: What are we doing about moral injury among US military veterans?
We asked this question in the wake of a visit by Dr. Rita N. Brock of the Soul Repair Center at Texas Brite Divinity School. Her work inspired us, and we considered ourselves allies in her mission to address US military veterans looking for answers about their service and experiences.
Moral injury thus became an everyday term among our group, formed under Hendricks Chapel and with a secular but welcoming philosophy. Moral injury demands individual answers to individual questions asked by the men and women who hold different faiths, philosophies, and visions of storytelling.
To that end, we have worked to facilitate dialogues between the general public and the veterans and family members who have experienced moral injury. Our events for this academic year are listed above.