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Zócalo at the Hammer: Iraq War Veterans

Friday May 1, 2009 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM This is a past program

How Should the U.S. Care for Its Johnnies Marching Home?

Tens of thousands of American soldiers have suffered injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including debilitating head and spine damage, chronic pain, and mental health problems. They return home to a devastatingly overburdened veterans’ healthcare system, plagued by months-long waits for doctors, and several times more disability claims than estimated. As the war on terror continues, the country’s young veterans will need better care for years to come. Zócalo hosts a panel of medical and military experts to discuss how to heal the minds and bodies of returning soldiers. Moderated by Jia-Rui Chong, Los Angeles Times veterans affairs reporter.


Zócalo at the Hammer

A vibrant series of programs, in collaboration with the Hammer, which features thinkers and doers speaking on some of the most pressing topics of the day. For more information and the Zócalo calendar, please visit

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.