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.