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Volunteers of America touches the lives of almost 1.5 million people in 400 communities across the United States each year. Since 1896, our highly-trained and dedicated staff, numbered at over 16,000, and volunteer corps have worked, not only to serve those in need, but also have strived to innovate and transform the way in which these services are delivered.

Moral Injury

Moral injury is a relatively recent term used to describe a crisis that soldiers have faced for centuries, the internal suffering that results from doing something against your moral code. In essence it is a wound to the conscience. However, it is not just military members that can experience this. And what is this?

It is soul anguish, a broken spirit, a shredded soul.

Anyone who works with marginalized, at-risk populations has probably seen that empty stare that can be moral injury. People in poverty. People struggling with addiction. People whose daily lives and their choices erode their feeling of being a good and decent person, worthy of respect. People who carry unprocessed grief and guilt in ordinary life. People with stressful life-and-death type situational jobs such as police officers, doctors and nurses. Because of things we do, witness, are ordered to do, or fail to do in high stakes situations. We can lose our moral foundations and our sense of being a good person.

Moral Injury: The War Inside

As one of the nation's thought leaders in the #Moralinjury field, we dedicate our efforts in helping individuals who are battling with moral injury to overcome #TheWarInside.

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    Our Fact Sheet

    Since 1896, through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps 1.5 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states.

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    Veterans Fact Sheet

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  • June 11, 2020

    Sharon Wilson-Geno, EVP National Services, on KCBS radio

    Hear from our Executive VP, National Services, Sharon Wilson-Geno on what a second wave of the virus could mean to our older population, and how VOA continues to be on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis.

  • May 29, 2020

    Volunteers of America Featured on ABC 7 in Washington, D.C.!

    Our very own Jatrice Martel Gaiter, executive vice president of external affairs, spoke with ABC-7 WJLA Anchor Alison Starling on our life-saving work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including addressing the effects of moral injury during this crisis.

  • May 10, 2020

    Dr. Rita Brock Interview on CNN: Moral Injury & COVID-19

    Sr. VP of Moral Injury and Dir. of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America, Dr. Rita Brock spoke to CNN Brooke Baldwin on how moral injury affects nurses, healthcare workers and many others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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