fbpx Wounded by War: The Story of Kevin Flike | Harvard Kennedy School
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Date and Location

February 26, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
T-520 Nye A, B, C (three Rooms)


The moments of September 25, 2011 will never be forgotten by Kevin Flike — staff sergeant in the Green Berets — and his teammates. This is the day they were ambushed and attacked by the Taliban. After being pinned down for 11 hours, Flike – who had been shot in the stomach – was carried to safety by his teammates. The harrowing and heroic events were captured on film. Wounded by War is a story of resilience and recovery, life-altering medical procedures, and a veteran’s battle with PTSD, addiction, and a will to live. Join us in watching this incredible story, followed by and Q&A session with Kevin Flike, MPA '16. VIEW THE TRAILER _________________ More on Kevin Flike Kevin R. Flike attained dual master’s degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA) in 2016. Upon graduation, Kevin enlisted in the United States Army and volunteered for Special Forces (Green Beret) training. After two years of training, Kevin was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group in Fort Lewis, Washington where he deployed to the Philippines, Thailand and twice to Afghanistan. On September 25, 2011 during his second deployment to Afghanistan, he was shot in the lower abdomen. He had 20% of his colon removed, a fractured hip, a damaged femoral nerve and six surgeries that left him with over 40 inches of scars. Kevin medically retired from the military on September 27th, 2013 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal w/ Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Airborne Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. To inspire others and help with his own journey to physical, mental and emotional healing, Kevin began writing a blog (www.woundedbywar.com, Facebook Page, Instagram @woundedbywar) about his experiences and lessons learned from his time in the military, from being wounded and from his recovery process. Kevin has also spoken to numerous organizations about his experiences. After finishing graduate school, Kevin worked for Goldman Sachs for almost two years before he became the Director of Strategic Projects for Threat Stack, a Boston-based cyber-security firm. Kevin is a member of the Board of Directors for the Green Beret Foundation. Kevin has been married to his college sweetheart Kimberlee for eight years. They live in Weymouth, MA and have two daughters, Lilah and Everly. ________________ This event is a part of the Veterans Impact Day event series. For more information Veterans Impact Day and how to register for the April 12th day of service, please visit this link.