The Grief of War: PTSD & Moral Injury
in Today's Veterans
With David J. Morris, Bruno Moya, Dr. Sharon Jones-Forrester, Jason Lee
Mitchell. Moderated by Heidi Kyser
UNLV's Rogers Literature & Law (RLL) 101
Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m

The Grief of War

Most Americans know about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and its prevalence among soldiers. But modern war's other signature wound—what some scholars call "moral injury"—remains poorly understood by the public and mental health field. Caused by perpetrating or bearing witness to events that violate moral beliefs, moral injury is an increasingly important aspect of the veteran experience. How does one heal this invisible wound of war? What role does storytelling and literature play in the healing process? Join a group of veterans and therapists as they discuss these questions—and the moral challenge of modern war.

Bruno Moya is an Iraq War veteran, student president of Rebel Vets and an MSW student at UNLV. Dr. Sharon Jones-Forrester is a psychologist in private practice in Las Vegas. Jason Lee Mitchell is a Coast Guard veteran and a lecturer at UNLV's Greenspun College of Urban Affairs in the Department of Criminal Justice. David J. Morris is a Marine vet, the 2016-17 Eleanor Kagi Foundation Fellow in Literature & Medicine at BMI, and author of The Evil Hours: A Biography of PTSD. Moderated by Heidi Kyser, a staff writer for Desert Companion.

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