Moral Injury for American Public Media


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Last spring I was contacted by American Public Media for a difficult assignment. The subject was moral injury in American military veterans. Moral injury is a term used in mental health circles, and studied by the US Veterans Administration, to describe the situation when a person’s actions violate their sense of right and wrong, usually at the orders of a superior in high-stress situations. In the case of these subjects, actions they participated in while deployed in conflict situations violated their morals. Many of the photos and interviews required anonymity, which proved to be a fun challenge in the context of portraiture. The images ran as part of a series on moral injury in partnership with Boston’s WBUR public radio station and the Public Insight Network. I’m thankful to the veterans featured in the story for letting us in to learn about such a painful topic. Please contact me for image licensing.

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