In 2014 America will end combat in its longest war in history, the war in Afghanistan. What does that mean for veterans returning to civilian society? After experiencing the dehumanizing atrocities of war, how do veterans repair morally and spiritually? How can we help?
Author and minister Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock and retired Colonel Rev. Herman Keizer discuss the challenges inherent in recovering morally and spiritually from war, and what we can do to support their recovery.
Brock is founding co-director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School and was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life. Her latest book is Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War, which she co-authored. Keizer is a retired army chaplain and colonel and is the founding co-drector of the Soul Repair Center. His military service lasted 40 years, with 34 years as a chaplain.
A book signing and reception on the plaza follows the program.