Iraq Troop

Zócalo at the Hammer: Iraq War Veterans

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


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

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.