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The Shay Moral Injury Center

What is Moral Injury?

Moral Injury is a relatively recent term used to describe a crisis that soldiers have faced for centuries, the internal suffering that results from breaking your own moral code. It's a wound of the conscience, and it's not just military members who struggle. Anyone can experience Moral Injury.

About the Shay Moral Injury Center

  • About the Shay Moral Injury Center

    Named for Dr. Johnathan Shay, the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America conducts research on and promotes a deeper understanding of moral injury in the many populations who experience it.

  • The War Inside

    Moral Injury is the injury to a person's moral conscience. The result of betraying your personal moral code can become profound internal suffering. Volunteers of America's "The War Inside" discusses what moral injury is and how it affects people.

  • Moral Injury Resources

    For additional information on Moral Injury and The War Inside, we have summarized our videos as well as some websites, books, movies and journal articles that cover the topic.

  • The Momentum of Hope

    This powerful new book is an inspiring collection of first-person essays by people who have experienced the trauma of moral injury and made the difficult journey to recovery. Being able to share a profoundly personal story of moral injury and be heard is essential to the recovery process.

For questions, or for more information, about moral injury please contact Sam McAllister.
Phone: (703) 341-5059
For media-related inquiries, please contact David Burch
Phone: (703) 341-5054