Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a classification that most warriors attempt to avoid. Fears of ending careers and of losing promotion opportunities plague warriors when they return to the U.S. Secondary traumatization plagues many chaplains and other care providers. Through their work in the combat zones, these care providers find themselves traumatized as well.
Moral injury is a relatively newer classification that encompasses some of the same elements as PTSD; yet, moral injury has other concepts incorporated into it. Moral injury, accepted by the Veteran’s Administration as a legitimate diagnosis, speaks to the heart of the purpose of our blog.
Through defining terminology, providing resources, and sharing experiences, we will discuss the newest concepts and ideas that current scholarship provides for PTSD and moral injury. Our main purpose is to discuss the spiritual wounding that is part of PTSD/moral injury.
Many sources discuss the psychological, mental, and emotional wounding of warriors. Few sources discuss the spiritual wounding that is part of the traumatization. We discuss the spiritual wounding from the standpoint that God works through trauma to bring us into a new and different relationship with Him. He seeks us when we are wounded and heals us in ways that we were not able to comprehend in our old worlds.
Through this blog, we will bring a variety of sources that focus mainly on healing the wounded spirits of our veterans. We also will present information for families who are struggling to help the wounded warrior, but they have no idea where to begin. Lastly, we will offer suggestions to churches and others who want to reach out to the veteran community to bring healing to those wounded in mind, body, and spirit.
We ask God’s blessings on this blog. We ask that He use our words to bring hope and healing to veterans and their families who are struggling with the aftermath of war.
May God bless your comings and your goings,
Mike and Kathy
11 June 2017