POSTPONED: Moral Injury, Religious Resources & Post-9/11 Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Starts: 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2020
  • Ends: 1:30 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2020
With an epidemic of moral injury among servicemembers of the U.S. Armed Forces today, there is a growing need to understand the role of religion, and other meaning-making resources, in the onset and mitigation of trauma. Different Christian practices, beliefs, and communities may help soldiers avoid experiencing moral dissonance or may help them to manage manifestations of moral injury. Alternatively, it may be the source of great tension, exacerbating dissonance or even leading to or enhancing trauma. Ben Suitt, a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion, will present the ways post-9/11 veterans who identify as Christian used religious resources to navigate the disruptive experience of a military career, paying attention to how different faith narratives, religious beliefs, and levels of religiosity affected them. Additionally, he will explain whether and to what extent they experienced conflict between their involvement in the military and those religious frameworks. The result will be an analysis of the differences between servicemembers who used religious resources to navigate the onset and manifestations of moral injury and those who found those resources enhanced their dissonance.

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