Hidden Wounds of War Conference

Hidden Wounds of War Conference

Date and Time

Thursday, May 11, 2023 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM


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Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

We will continue to offer a digital alternative for our keynote events. Please visit the homepage on our website at for the livestream that starts about 30 minutes before the event or join via a zoom link, which is provided in the confirmation email after registering.


How can we better serve those who serve and have served us? This question challenges us to think about those who gave much and those who gave all to serve our communities and our nation. Recently, our veterans, medical service workers, and first responders have faced increased stress. Often, the psychological trauma experienced is suffered in silence. The aftereffects of service bring the hardship home to our families and communities. By embracing honest discussion and developing strong support networks, winning the battle against these harrowing challenges is possible. The Hidden Wounds of War Conference is hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s Peter F. Secchia Military and Veterans Resource Center, the West Michigan Veterans Coalition, and the Kent County Veteran Services Office.

Conference Schedule:

7:30 AM - Breakfast & Registration

8:15 AM - Welcome & Keynote: “A Communal Intervention for Military Moral Injury” with Chris Antal, Peter Yeomans, Leroy Enck, and Hannibal Collick

10:00 AM - Breakout Sessions (sessions available on URL below)

11:30 AM - Lunch

12:30 PM - Keynote: "When Work Wounds: Addressing Professional Trauma" with Lea Didion

2:15 PM - Vet Collaboratory

4:00 PM - Community Healing Ceremony (**separate RSVP here! )

6:00 PM - Community Healing Ceremony Reception

For full schedule & information, visit

This event also appears on the main events calendar tagged as 55andupalumni, academic, grandforum, hidden, military, secchia, veteran, war, and wounds.


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