What do you do when faced with an action that violates your moral code?
Check your moral compass?
Consult your religious tradition?
A soldier doesn’t get to decide.
THE RESULT IS
Dick Hattan, a veteran of the Vietnam War takes a look at his soul forty years after the war ended. Now attempting to make sense of his life, he discovers the moral injury he sustained, the wounding of his soul when he acted against his own moral code. Learn of his journey from his Catholic upbringing on the southwest side of Chicago to his tour of duty as a soldier in Vietnam. Discover the attempts he has made to find peace and healing for his fragmented soul in his new book, Invisible Scars of War — A Veteran’s Struggle with Moral Injury.
Dick Hattan is a native of Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam during 1971 with the 101st Airborne Division. He earned a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University in 1974 and began a 44 year career as a health care executive. In 2012, he earned a Master of Divinity degree at Chicago Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in the Independent Catholic Church in September of 2015. His ministry work includes a weekly Eucharist at a rehab center in North Aurora, a writer’s group for veterans and a house church. He also preaches monthly at Hearthstone Communities where he works as a fund raising executive.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“This book is an important contribution to understanding the Vietnam War and moral injury.”.
“It is a treasure trove of information about daily life in the garrison areas in Vietnam that are totally ignored in the literature.”.
“Anyone who reads your memoir will be impacted by it and find a facet of their own lives or that of a friend or family member in your experiences.”.