Healthcare Professionals Help Veterans in the Ozarks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Veterans in the Ozarks are dealing with a kind of injury you cannot see and members of several groups are working to help.

Wednesday in Springfield, healthcare professionals met to talk about “moral injury”.

The goal was to help those who work with veterans understand what a “Moral Injury” is and how to help them.

The keynote speaker was a Coxhealth doctor who has been in combat.

Elizabeth Lee, President of the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks says, “Moral injury is more spiritual and emotional based and some of our veterans who are in combat and they may have to do something that was immoral for them, but they did it because it was the right thing to do at the time, they are at end of life and questioning their decision and they are questioning their spirituality.”

Lee also told KOLR10 there are plans to open an institute to help veterans deal with moral injury.

She said the need for veteran’s services will grow in Springfield when the new clinic opens later this year.

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