POLITICS
01/22/2015 03:26 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2015

Powerful Photos Depict Veterans Who Use Art Therapy To Heal

This photo series originally appeared in the February issue of National Geographic magazine.

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often return home with wounds that can't be seen on the surface: brain injuries resulting from the shockwaves that follow explosions.

Some veterans, including service members at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, have attempted to cope with the challenges they face through art therapy.

Below, take a look at images captured by National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson of these veterans and their loved ones:

PHOTO GALLERY
THE INVISIBLE WAR ON THE BRAIN
CONVERSATIONS