The Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds
Presented by George W. Bush Institute
The George W. Bush Institute will conduct an international symposium at Invictus Games Orlando 2016 on May 8, to discuss solutions aimed at helping returning servicemen and women improve outcomes for their transition back to civilian life. President Bush will also serve as honorary chair for Invictus Games 2016.
The Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds will convene warriors, experts and community partners to address the scale and scope of invisible wounds (Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries) facing warriors. With representatives from all fifteen nations participating, we will discuss barriers to care, including both stigmas and stereotypes associated with these injuries.
The health and wellness concerns of post-9/11 veterans are complex and often linked to their service experience. Physical and psychological injuries sustained during combat can affect many factors related to reintegration. The Policy Symposium will put forth solutions for more effective collaboration between communities and post-9/11 veterans and their families. The Symposium will also explore how best to ensure veterans seek and receive effective treatment and increase support of wounded warriors.
With the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, the Bush Institute aims to form an impactful partnership that will raise awareness of the challenges facing those suffering from the invisible wounds of war, increase initiatives to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual recovery, and complement existing efforts in these areas.
About the George W. Bush Institute & Military Service Initiative
In 2009, President Bush founded the George W. Bush Institute and its Military Service Initiative (MSI). Through MSI, the Institute honors those who have served and sacrificed in the United States Armed Forces post-9/11 by focusing on how to help veterans make a successful transition from military service to civilian life. The Bush Institute has also been working to reduce the stigma associated with the invisible wounds of war and improve the health and wellness of those living with these injuries.