The Moral Injury Project at  Syracuse  University  has  established  a mission  to  provide  a forum  to  explore  the  implications  of  moral  injury  as  it  relates  to  individuals  seeking  healing  and  integration  of  trauma  and  how  moral  injury  impacts  our society.  Moral  injury  is  the damage  done  to  one’s  conscience  or  moral  compass  when  that  person  perpetrates,  witnesses,  or  fails  to  prevent  acts  that  transgress one’s  own  moral  beliefs, values,  or  ethical  codes  of  conduct.

The steering committee of The Moral Injury Project serves to open a platform for conversation, raising awareness about the consequences of moral injury in the lives of veterans and in our wider society.  We formed in Summer 2014 under Hendricks Chapel after a gathering of students, staff, faculty, researchers, writers and chaplains from across campus as well as the larger Syracuse community addressed an important question: What are we doing about moral injury among US military veterans?  Inspired by a visit from Dr. Rita N. Brook of the Soul Repair Center at Texas Brite Divinity School, our goal was to navigate towards an answer to the overarching question about military service and experiences.

Our committee members come from various disciplines and faiths and seek to embrace the multiple dialogues that speak to moral injury. We strive to serve as both activists of our mission, increasing visibility in the community, as well as among practitioners, promoting healing and a path for transition and integration for veterans.

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.