WILMINGTON -- UNC-Wilmington is using a new exhibit to explore mental injuries some soldiers receive as a result of combat.

Invisible Wounds of War opened Thursday and is showcasing veterans from around our state. For the project, several veterans were asked to write about who they are, in addition to capturing self-portraits.

Organizers say the exhibit is important because it gives the public an opportunity to honor our veterans while also learning about something bigger than everyday life.

“This work really humanizes the veterans' invisible wound experience by putting a face and their own personal words to the experience. I think in order for veterans to heal, it’s important for us to listen and hold space for those stories,” said Jen Johnson with Invisible Wounds of War.

The Invisible Wounds of War exhibit will be on display in UNCW's Randall Library until Dec. 15.