When soldiers return from war, they often suffer from moral injury, which is caused by “perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations may be deleterious in the long-term, emotionally, psychologically, behaviorally, spiritually, and socially.” (Litz 2009)
Moral injury often leads to isolation, guilt, and a wide range of difficulties during a soldier’s transition back to the “normalcy” of civilian life. A very unfortunate consequence is that more and more soldiers each year are turning to suicide.
Our solution revolves around storytelling. We wanted to enable and encourage soldiers to share their stories, while at the same time enabling and encouraging the general public to read the stories and gain a better understanding of the soldiers’ experiences at war.
Our design consists of a web application and public display. Through the web application, soldiers can share and read stories, as well as view support networks. The general public can also read stories and view the support maps. The public display is simply a large screen that slowly scrolls soldiers’ stories in multiple columns. To get a better understanding of our concept, view this walkthrough.