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Invictus Games Orlando 2016

May 8, 2016 - May 12, 2016

The George W. Bush Institute will conduct an international symposium at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 on May 8, to discuss solutions aimed at helping returning servicemen and women improve outcomes for their transition back to civilian life.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event in which wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans take part in ten sports: archery, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

Invictus Games Orlando 2016

The Invictus Games will shine a light on the holistic recovery and rehabilitation that occurs through sport for the wounded, ill, and injured servicemen and women who participate in them. Though only 500, these men and women represent the tens of thousands of service members around the globe who face the daily challenges from their wounds, illnesses, and injuries, both visible and invisible.

Competitions like the Invictus Games aid in the mental, emotional, and physical recovery process. The Invictus Games also serve as a reminder that there are servicemen and women who adapt to a "new normal", long after the Games are over. Military or not, anyone who experiences the Games will walk away changed.

Learn more about the Invictus Games Orlando 2016.

invictus games Event Tickets

To see all ticket options and make a purchase, click the "Buy Tickets" button at the top of the page, or visit the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 ticket information page at: http://invictusgames2016.org/tickets. Tickets to the 2016 Invictus Games are available through the Invictus website, as well as over the phone via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Invictus 2016: The Bush Institute's Symposium on Invisible Wounds

This event is closed to public but will be streamed online.

The Bush Institute's Symposium on Invisible Wounds will convene warriors, experts and community partners to address the scale and scope of invisible wounds (Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries) facing warriors. With representatives from all fourteen nations participating, we will discuss barriers to care, including both stigmas and stereotypes associated with these injuries.

“I’m proud to serve as honorary chairman of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, and to shine a spotlight on the ‘unconquerable souls’  of these men and women, not just from the American team but from 14 Coalition nations.” President George W. Bush

The health and wellness concerns of post-9/11 veterans are complex and often linked to their service experience. Physical and psychological injuries sustained during combat can affect many factors related to reintegration. The Policy Symposium will put forth solutions for more effective collaboration between communities and post-9/11 veterans and their families. The Symposium will also explore how best to ensure veterans seek and receive effective treatment and increase support of wounded warriors.

Learn more about the Bush Institute’s work in Veteran Transition and our Team 43 Sports programs.



For questions, please contact militaryservice@bushcenter.org


A Poem by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.