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New exhibit honors war veterans, shows invisible wounds

The invisible wounds of war project is presenting an exhibition at UNCW about how some veterans face physical and psychological issues when coming back from war. (Source: WECT) The invisible wounds of war project is presenting an exhibition at UNCW about how some veterans face physical and psychological issues when coming back from war. (Source: WECT)
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A new exhibit is showing real situations that war veterans face when coming home from war.

The Invisible Wounds of War project is presenting an exhibition at UNCW about how some veterans face physical and psychological issues when coming back from war.

The exhibit debuted last Thursday, and shows pictures of war veterans and the challenges they have had to face when coming back from war

Veterans have had to face such challenges as mental health, social integration and communication issues.

The project included workshops on writing and photography developed by counselor, writer and photographer Jen Johnson.

Participants would write about their experiences and use it as a therapeutic writing session.

"I wanted to offer therapeutic writing workshop so we had a double intention for the workshop," Johnson said. "I wanted to offer an experience that would be therapeutic for the veterans in terms of we invited them to write about their experiences and how their war experiences affected them and we wanted them to write about their wounds of war and then write a letter of compassion to themselves from someone they perceive cares for them unconditionally."

Those who walk by the exhibit can write on the wall about invisible wounds that soldiers and veterans face coming back from war and how to improve these situations. The exhibit will be open through December 15.

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