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New Resource to Help Veterans and Their Families Suffering from Trauma-Induced Disorders and Injuries

Rush University Medical Center is opening a new center for veterans and their families called the Road Home Program. The center has been created to support service members and their families who were deployed to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and have returned to civilian life in the greater Chicago region with combat-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI). It offers a comprehensive program of diagnostic, treatment and referral services at Rush and via a network of collaborating community agencies. The ultimate goal is to ensure that veterans and their loved ones connect with the care, services, and resources that will ease or overcome the complex and far-reaching effects of their military service experience. 

Funding to establish the center came from a number of philanthropic organizations, including the Welcome Back Veterans, an initiative of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball, which donated $1 million for the new center at Rush and has helped establish centers of excellence at seven other academic medical centers around the country. Other contributing donors include the Crown Family, Bank of America, Michael Reese Health Trust, State Farm Insurance Companies, the Field Foundation of Illinois and MillerCoors.

Illinois is home to about 80,000 to 100,000 veterans, and one-third of them suffer from invisible wounds such as PTSD and TBI.

The program provides a hub for services offered through more than two dozen education, government and social service partners, including the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois Joining Forces, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Health & Disability Advocates, ChildServ, Catholic Charities, John Marshall Law School and many others.

Combat-related conditions such as PTSD and TBI are prevalent among a projected one-third of returning veterans.

The Road Home Program will administer:
Peer-to-peer outreach efforts to connect veterans to job-training programs and community socialization sites.

  • A veterans’ mental health clinic, staffed by psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.
  • A TBI program to provide consultations and treatment services.
  • Child and family counseling services, which will offer consulting, counseling and parenting support.

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