"Moral injuries" haunt veterans, pose treatment challenges

02/18/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Seven years after being the only member of his 12-person squad to survive a roadside bomb in Iraq, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams continues to battle depression, feelings of loss and guilt over his survival, Michael M. Phillips writes. Military health professionals say as many as a third of veterans seeking treatment for mental health issues are suffering "traumatic loss" and "moral injury" symptoms that fall outside the standard treatment approaches for post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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