When is it PTSD? When is it a "moral injury?"

New book suggests civilian casualties, other aspects of modern war cause vets' psychic grief

Chas Henry
August 10, 2018 - 11:39 am

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They reach back to Sophocles, Euripides, and Shakespeare as they make the case -- and forward to soldiers and Marines just home from battlefields in Afghanistan. Robert Meagher and Douglas Pryor -- authors of the new book War and Moral Injury: A Reader -- also bring in the perspectives of poets, therapists, chaplains, and lawyers. The upshot of their argument -- as Robert Meagher explained to CBS Eye on Veterans: a lot of what’s being called PTSD is less psychological trauma than forms of "moral injury" born from being involved in battlefield killing that, since World War I, has on average left nine civilians dead for every soldier killed:

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