OCTOBER 5, 2017



About IWC

The Invisible Wounds Conference will be a one-day event featuring three 90-minute panel discussions to increase the awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in three areas:

Domestic Violence
Urban Impact
Military Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Urban Impact
  • Military Adjustment

The conference will examine how PTSD is a common trait for victims of domestic abuse, its effect on urban communities and the toll it takes on veterans adjusting to civilian life. Thought leaders in each discipline will discuss research and remedies to support improving conditions for individuals and communities impacted by these three conditions.

IWC 2017 Event Recap

  • Sgt. Dakota Meyer talks about how he has been successful adjusting to civilian life following his military career. Meyer is the second youngest living Medal of Honor recipient and the first living Marine in 38 years to be so honored.
  • Keynote speaker Rich Pompelio owned the audience‚Äôs attention describing how he established the New Jersey Crime Victims Law Center over 25 years ago. Pompelio provides full-time pro bono legal assistance to victims of violent crimes. His passion was sparked after his 17-year-old son, Tony, was murdered in 1989.
  • Rutgers professor David Troutt provided the audience with empirical evidence that trauma in major metropolitan cities impacts the lives of young children and adults at disproportionate levels during the Urban Impact panel discussion.
  • Prudential Financial VP with Veterans Initiatives Jim Beamesderfer addressed the audience to explain why Prudential served as title sponsor of the Invisible Wounds Conference and how the company supports its veteran employees with a plethora of initiatives.
  • Matthew Reddam, policy and practice coordinator for San Francisco based Trauma Transformed explained to the audience how is organization makes sure that support systems for families in the Bay Area follow children and adults when families move from one part of the community to another section.
  • Sexual assault survivor Ron Blake flew in from Phoenix, Arizona to tell the audience how watching the Late Show with Stephen Colbert was the dose of medicine he needed to start recovering from the trauma inflicted on him after he was attacked by three men in his own apartment.
  • Moderator Dr. Dale Caldwell skillfully kept discussions on topic while allowing the audience to interact and participate during the three-panel discussions of the Invisible Wounds Conference.
  • DAV (Disabled American Veterans) past Commander David Riley, a quadruple amputee, educated the audience on how the organization supports veterans.
  • Members of the local VFW sign in at the registration table for the Invisible Wounds Conference. The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) was an associate sponsor of the event with Prudential and Alpha-Stim.
  • Rutgers representative Dr. Diane Hill, Assistant Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark, welcomed the attendees for attending the Invisible Wounds Conference. Rutgers was an early supporter of the event, which was held on its Newark Campus in the Paul Robeson Campus Center.

Opening Remarks

Senator Cory Booker

Opening Remarks via video from Senator Cory Booker, the former Mayor of Newark, NJ.

Senator Booker has distinguished himself as a champion for the less fortunate. In his role as a civil servant he has pushed legislation to support veterans and deter the mass incarceration of young minority males.


Domestic Violence

One out of every three women and one out of every four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.

Victims of domestic violence lose over eight million days of paid work each year. The cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion annually.

Urban Impact

One in every five adults is diagnosed with a mental health condition. Over 50% of individuals diagnosed with a mental disability DO NOT get help. Six out of 10 young adults diagnosed with depression do not get help.

Children in an urban community are more likely to suffer from PTSD than a soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. More than 60% of men and 51% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes.


Over half a million troops deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Less than 20% receive adequate care. There are more than 50,000 homeless veterans every night.

Every month nearly 1,000 veterans attempt to take their own life. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 10%. Over 1.5 million veterans will enter the labor force in the next five years.


Prudential Financial