Why A Moral Injury Is The Deepest Invisible Wound

“So, Jim went over to his apartment and took the guns.”

I was talking to a spouse of an ill service member. We were discussing guard service members and their struggles with medical care. She brought up their neighbor, who they recently noticed was mentally struggling.

“He has always been there for Jim. Really good guy. Recently we noticed he was really withdrawn, and we didn’t see much of him. Jim went over to check on him, and found him sitting on the couch, looking at his gun he laid on the coffee table. He opened up to Jim a little, and told him he was having a hard time. He agreed with Jim it would be safer if Jim took his guns out of the apartment. We’ve been holding them for a month.”

“Who’s his commander? Is he aware?”

“I’m not sure. I’ll ask Jim.”

“Have them give me a call.”


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