Modern Warrior

The story and sound of a combat veteran's journey

“Modern Warrior helps to heal the mental scars of war.”

-       Anthony Principi

Vietnam Combat Veteran & Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2001-2005)

The MODERN WARRIOR EXPERIENCE is a program that collaborates with veterans in local communities throughout the nation, empowering them to share their story through our unique Modern Warrior initiative. Our team of writers and artists work with each veteran to help tell the story they want to share, through their own words. This collaboration culminates in a live and private performance of each veteran (inviting only who they want to hear their story) and the Modern Warrior team. Each veteran receives a film of their performance to keep.

The Modern Warrior Experience works closely with veteran and mental health organizations throughout the process.


“Just to be able to share is helping me a lot, to get past what had happened. I’m also feeling that post-traumatic growth…and I want to share my story to help people who are feeling like victims, to move from a victim to a survivor.”

– Constance (MW Experience participant)

 “I can tell my story over and over, but if I don’t put feelings or connections to it, it’s just a story being told. Doing this with Modern Warrior, we’re really connecting the feelings to it, having the music and bringing those emotions to it. It’s important for us to really attack the sickness of PTSD…if we don’t bring that to the surface, how are we going to be able to adapt to what it does to us. This is a great way to get the (veteran) community together, and explain to the civilian world what we’re going through.”

 – Dustin (MW Experience participant)

“To have a veteran participate in the Modern Warrior Experience really draws out those traumatic experience they had in a unique way.”

– Jack (Veteran & Executive Director of NEOPAT)

“Through this, I started realizing I could communicate with my family about things I couldn’t communicate with them before.”

- Jaymes (Veteran & MW Creator)

In addition to the original theatre performance, we've designed Modern Warrior LIVE to be adaptable to various healthcare and education settings, which include:

  • Hospitals (VA and other)

  • Outpatient Clinics (e.g., Community Mental Health Centers)

  • Schools & other educational settings

Further, Modern Warrior LIVE has been featured at various mental health conferences, foundation events & galas, and through residency-based touring, collaborates with government and civic departments, and with faith-based & other community organizations in each city we visit.  

Recent healthcare performances / Residencies include: 

Our Mental Health & Education Advisor is Dr. Patrick Palmieri, Director of the Traumatic Stress Center at Summa Health in Akron, OH. For events specific to healthcare communities, he works closely with organizations to properly tailor a Modern Warrior LIVE visit. 

About Dr. Patrick Palmieri

Patrick Palmieri, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the Director of the Summa Health Traumatic Stress Center, Akron, OH. The Center focuses on providing empirically supported interventions for trauma-related problems, trains health care providers on trauma-informed methods, and conducts research on traumatic stress.  

Dr. Palmieri has been at Summa Health since 2004 and holds appointments as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Kent State University. He received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a clinical internship at the Danville (IL) VA Medical Center, a postdoctoral fellowship in quantitative psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been licensed in Ohio since 2006. He co-chairs the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Trauma Informed Care Advisory Committee and he chairs the Summit County Trauma Informed Care Coalition.

Dr. Palmieri’s clinical interests are in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood, anxiety, and stress-related disorders. Much of this clinical work has involved combat veterans experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its commonly co-occuring conditions. His research has focused on risk and resilience factors of PTSD, the nature and trajectories of post-trauma responding, development of tools assessing PTSD and PTSD risk, evaluation of PTSD treatments, and the role of trauma and PTSD in physical health. His risk assessment research has focused on military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, with the goal of accurately identifying those who at high risk for developing persistent post-deployment mental health problems.

View Dr. Palmieri's LinkedIn Profile HERE

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Modern Warrior LIVE is a 501(c)(3) organization