American military veterans from the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other recent conflicts are dying by their own hands at epidemic rates. Conservative estimates are that 22 veterans kill themselves every single day, meaning more have died by their own hands than in combat. This is a symptom of the historic and pervasive problem of moral injury, now commonly, and not always accurately, called “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” This national shame affects millions of veterans, their families and friends, and is a problem that does not disappear with time.
Moral injury of combat veterans creates difficulties with reintegration into society and results in high rates of:
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Clinical depression
- Dysfunctional and/or broken families
- Long term health problems
Hear Pastor Tim Carson’s sermon on The Problem: