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2017 Hidden Wounds of War Conference

West Michigan Veterans Coalition

Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

2017 Hidden Wounds of War Conference

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Hidden Wounds of War Conference 2017

Since the beginning of time, veterans, families, and the community have struggled with the aftereffects of serving in the military. Hidden Wounds of War Conference brings awareness and education to the community about treatments and resources. This year’s conference topics will focus on the Moral Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Environmental Exposure on the battlefield.

The purpose of this conference is:

  • Promote the understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-traumatic Stress Injury/Disorder and Moral Injury
  • Identify community resources
  • Establish a solid Community Referral Network to specifically treat combat related TBI, PTSD and Moral Injury
  • Begin a dialogue to identify practical and effective strategies for treating our wounded veterans

The Hidden Wounds of War Conference is offering FREE CEUs for Social Workers. 

If you are an organization that offers services for veterans and their families and would like to reserve a resource table at the conference please register here. Upon your registration, we will confirm your table. Thank you.



Have questions about 2017 Hidden Wounds of War Conference? Contact West Michigan Veterans Coalition

When & Where

Grand Valley State University: Pew Campus - Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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West Michigan Veterans Coalition

To improve the lives of veterans, their families, and anyone that served in the Armed Forces by connecting them to all available services and resources throughout West Michigan.

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition is a community integrated system offering support services, resources, and programs to veterans and their families. Our role is to offer a comprehensive network of service providers, empowered with knowledge, information, and tools to effectively connect veterans to the appropriate resources to help facilitate assistance in education, employment, healthcare, and quality of life.

In 2013, the West Michigan Veterans Coalition was selected by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to implement a no-wrong-door collaborative Veteran Community Action Team (VCAT). The model is designed to enhance the delivery of services from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to veterans and their family members. In 2015, the WMVC was also selected to be a part of the MyVA Community Veterans Engagement Board initiative. The MyVA Communities model enables Veteran advocates, service providers, Veterans, and stakeholders to have a voice in identifying their community goals and work to resolve issues at the local level to improve service delivery for Veterans, Service members, and their families.

Each WMVC meeting purpose is to educate the attendees on a variety of veteran related topics, connect service providers with each other to promote an understanding of the different services and resources available, and to develop plans to improve the veterans’ service system. These meetings foster collaboration, coordination, and integration to support the Michigan Veteran Community Action Teams Network no-wrong-door model of care.

Employment, Education, Healthcare, and Quality of Life are four working subcommittees to address specific issues facing veterans in the community.

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