This is a past blog that needs understanding about the many psychological damages of Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, (PTSD). In the New York Times, Sunday Review, page 10, article: “For Veterans, a Path to Healing ‘Moral Injury.’ ( examines a different type of injury from Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, Moral Injury. Moral injury occurs when a soldier is ordered to do things that are unspeakable in in civil society: kill enemy soldiers, regardless of age; toss grenades into houses, regardless of whether there are non-combatants inside; burn down villages, regardless of loss of life. Moral Injury is different in that it involves persistent sense of guilt and shame, and an ethical drift whereby veterans no longer have a clear sense of right and wrong. The overlap with PTSD is r-eexperiencing the traumatic event, sleep disturbance, self-harming activities, like substance abuse and reckless and suicide thoughts. Healing this disorder should shift from PTSD forgiveness to creative deeds of atonement, like disaster relief. Recover from Moral Injury begins with identifying the causes and communities sacrificed in the heat of battle, and finding creative new ways to re-establish loyalty to those causes. This means renewing one’s commitment to being a good parent, serving the needy in ones community, to taking political action to stem the flow of American lives into war zones. The focus needs to be on atonement rather than forgiveness for veterans who suffer from moral injury to chart a path forward from the irrevocable deeds that haunt them.