Thank you for joining us in celebrating the 90th year of the Fashion Show, which is the longest continually running charity fashion show in the nation, Thursday, October 13, 2016, in the United Center at Soldier Field. This year's cause supports The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush.
One might think that coming home from serving your country would be the easy part, but transitioning from military to civilian life is often very challenging. The invisible wounds of war are complex and highly individualized and can impede the ability to reintegrate at home and at work. All too often, these conditions go untreated with tragic consequences. The Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush helps veterans and their families connect with the care and resources they need to overcome the wide-ranging effects of these challenges and to take control of their health and family life, regardless of their ability to pay or discharge status.
The Center is led by Mark Pollack MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush, and a nationally recognized team with expertise in treating traumatic stress-related disorders, traumatic brain injury and other conditions affecting large numbers of veterans. Offering peer-to-peer outreach and service navigation, care for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma; child and family counseling; public awareness programming; and training for primary care physicians and other health care providers, the Road Home Program is already making a difference in the lives of veterans in the Midwest and beyond. Now, a $15 million challenge grant from the Wounded Warrior Project offers Rush an unprecedented opportunity to expand these efforts, establish an intensive outpatient program, and become a regional hub and a national partner in improving veterans’ and families’ access to mental health services. The Wounded Warrior Project will make matching contributions of $2 for every net dollar given to the Road Home Program, up to $2.5 million a year. This support for the Road Home Program is essential to Rush’s ability to help veterans and their families combat the invisible wounds of war and make the difficult transition to civilian life. This grant is part of a $100 million initiative to establish the Warrior Care Network. Rush University Medical Center is one of four academic medical centers in the U.S., and the only center in the Midwest, to become part of this new national network to connect wounded veterans and their families with world-class, individualized mental health care.