Past Event

GI Coffeehouse

Cafe Society will be meeting at HumanThreads Center on Wednesday, September 21

Learn more about today’s G.I. Coffee House movement, inspired by the Vietnam-era G.I. coffeehouses. Community members will have an opportunity to “ask-a-veteran” of the post-9/11 era about their military experiences over coffee and tamales. We will also have an open discussion about the experiences and invisible wounds of veterans with Brad Thomson of the Civilian-Soldier Alliance; Matt Ulrich, Iraq War veteran, actor and playwright; and members of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

From “The Profound Daily Struggle Of Soldiers With PTSD” by Patrick Waters

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 10 to 18% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. The sleeplessness, anger, anxiety and sense of isolation that can accompany PTSD pose tremendous challenges for veterans and their families. And an enduring stigma around mental health care still discourages many veterans from seeking help.

Questions for Consideration

What challenges do soldiers face when they return home? How can we better support our troops and understand their experiences? How can we build a more peaceful world?

Want to find out more?

Free and open to the public. For more information, call 312.422.5580. 

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit