More than 75,000 Illinois residents have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur among an estimated one out of three returning veterans.
These invisible wounds of war are complex and highly individualized, and can impede the ability to succeed at home and at work. All too often, these conditions go untreated with tragic consequences: More U.S. troops have died from suicide than have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. Moreover, these issues profoundly affect children, spouses and other loved ones.
Rush helps battle the invisible wounds of war
In February 2014, Rush launched the The Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Their Families at Rush. There, a staff of outreach coordinators, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors and doctors address the full range of challenges facing veterans suffering from trauma-induced disorders and injuries, as well as the unique needs of family members. In fact, many of the program’s staff members are veterans themselves.
The center offers a range of services:
- Peer-to-peer outreach and guidance in finding available services
- Evidence-based care for PTSD and TBI
- Child and family counseling
- Public awareness programs
- Training for primary care physicians and others
Rush provides this critical support to all veterans and their families, regardless of their ability to pay.
“You would think that coming home would be the easy part, but transitioning from military to civilian life is often a challenge. We want to ensure that Illinois veterans with a mental health condition or TBI and their families can connect with the care and resources they need to overcome the far-reaching effects of these challenges and take control of their health and family life.”
Mark Pollack, MD
Medical Director of the Road Home Program
Chairperson of the Rush Department of Psychiatry
You can support veterans and their families
Interested in supporting Rush's efforts to assist veterans and their families?
To make a gift or learn more, contact Michelle Boardman, director of auxiliary groups, at (312) 942-6884 or email@example.com.