Feeling alone is a symptom of a bigger problem – many military service members, veterans, police and first responders live lives witnessing the unimaginable. The unintended consequence of war and civil service can take it’s toll. Moral injury is a normal response to seeing a broken world. There is HOPE! You can find peace in your story without self-medication, harming yourself or others, or feeling isolated. Camaraderie, Courage and Compassion is the remedy – spend time with other veterans hearing a word of hope, a transition time for reflection, and table talk. Where you can process the reality of your experience. Join Neutral Zone Gathering the last Thursday of the month.
I had a conversation with someone who shared “God left me in Vietnam… God didn’t want to be a part of my life when I returned to the States”. Another person shared, “it took me years to feel “normal” again after war”.
Unfortunately, these stories are more common than most people realize. Many veterans have feelings of not fitting in or experience abandonment by the families, friends or the divine. They may feel alone; like something was wrong with them, but, moral injury has been a part of life since the beginning of humanity. During conflict, war and emergency situations it’s hard for the mind to process the acts of violence and pain that people witness. NeutralZone is an intentional community where veterans can share their experiences with other veterans, hear other experiences, and begin to process how you can live after living through the unimaginable. It’s a space for being authentic and accepted, connecting with others, yourself, and the divine.
Many people don’t understand moral injury or the unintended consequences of war. Self-medication, harming self or others, feeling isolated and alone are all symptoms of the situation and does not define the person. Healing and recovering is not a one size fit all solution. Healing is about offering camaraderie, courage and compassion to yourself and others. Join us to experience HOPE and begin the journey of reimagining the experience and healing from invisible wounds of war.