The unique conflict, the mental challenges

We officially made it a month after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. In the newsroom, my colleagues and I continue to report on the individuals and communities affected by this.

This week I took a take a deeper look at who can get pregnant in the military and what the decision means to them.

The feeling an army doctor shared with me? A complex internal conflict.

“I joined the military to serve my country, save lives, and serve the people of the United States. But it felt like my personal freedoms have been taken away at this time and the personal freedoms of the people I am fighting for,” Sergeant Reagan Hasenfratz said, noting that his views are his own and do not represent the Department of Defense or the military.

This internal conflict can also create mental health problems.

“Anytime someone is put in a position where their values ​​or beliefs may conflict with something they’ve already agreed to do, that puts you in a position really tough place“says Amy Williams, clinical director of Headstrong, a non-profit organization that provides mental health care to veterans and their families. “It’s not that different from the concept of moral injury, where people at through their service (in the military) are faced with choices that may not align with their values.”

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