The Coming Home project offers military veterans the opportunity to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war on the warrior as she or he returns home.
The project coordinates dialogues between veterans, using sources in philosophy, history, poetry, and literature to spur discussion. Trained facilitators lead each discussion, and source material ranges from antiquity to the present, with a focus on World War I and the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Watch project Co-Director, Dr. Ed Barrett, speak on the Coming Home project at New America.
We are delighted to once again receive support from the NEH for the Coming Home Project!
We are conducting our dialogue sessions and still accepting applications to participate in the dialogues for 2017-2018
We had an excellent panel on moral injury at this year's International Society for Military Ethics 2017.
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The Coming Home project currently includes its two co-directors, Dr. Edward Barrett and Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick, as well as five experts in various fields, and several discussion leaders.
The Coming Home project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this Web site or during the project dialogues do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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To prepare for their discussion, participants in the Coming Home dialogues read such materials as:
- Barker, Pat. Regeneration.
- Benedict, Helen. The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq; Sand Queen.
- Boudreau, Tyler. "The morally injured." The Massachusetts Review. Vol. 52, no. 3/4 (2011): 746.
- Junger, Sebastian. “How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield.” Vanity Fair Magazine. June 2015.
- Sherman, Nancy. Afterwar; The Untold War.