Road Home Program in the news


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In honor of Veterans Day, Nick Digilio welcomes Will Beiersdorf, Executive Director of the Road Home Program, for a wide-ranging interview that includes the growth and goals of the Road Home Program and the culture of compassion and listening that has enabled the Road Home Program’s team to help fellow veterans and family members cope with and overcome the invisible wounds of war.

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AUGUST, 2016


Filling gaps in veteran’s care. Nicknamed ‘PTSD boot camp,’ the intensive outpatient program delivers 100 hours of innovative, intensive therapy over three weeks.

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JULY, 2016


Simulating the sounds and sights of combat in Iran, virtual reality devices expose the veteran to trauma in a safe, controlled environment and can help retrain the brain to deal with triggers that lead to debilitating fear.

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JULY, 2016


The intensive outpatient program at Rush offers a new option for veterans dealing with PTSD. The program provides veterans with intensive therapy, lasts 19 days and draws vets from around the country.

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JULY, 2016


Focus on Family: Dr. Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Road Home Program discusses PTSD and the need to make the transition back easier with treatment, resources and support not just for the veteran, but for the children and family around the veteran.

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JUNE, 2016


Rush Inside Health: ”Helping Veterans, and Herself”

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Will Beiersdorf, Director of the Road Home Program, is named one of five Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine.

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Dr. Mark Pollack, Granger Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, discusses the belated recognition of PTSD and the effects on Vietnam veterans in part two, Untold Stories: Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans.

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The fourth annual ‘Do Ask, Do Tell’ symposium looks at the health needs of LGBTQ veterans and focuses attention on efforts to create a welcoming and safe environment in the services available to them.

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JUNE, 2015


Wounded Warrior Project launches The Warrior Care Network, a first-of-its-kind national medical care partnership that includes Rush University Medical Center.

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JUNE, 2014


Dr. Mark Pollack, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Terri Tanielian, senior research analyst at the RAND Corporation, discuss the role of private mental health providers including Welcome Back, Veterans (WBV) initiative, a collaborative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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JUNE, 2014

The launch of the Road Home Program is detailed in Progress Notes, the newsletter of the Department of Psychiatry Rush University Medical Center

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For members of the media:

For more information about the Road Home Program or to set up interviews with members of our team, contact media relations at Rush.

Media Relations main number:
(312) 942-5579

After hours pager for media calls:
(312) 942-6000, page ID number 1100 (after hours).

Media relations team:

John M. Pontarelli
Assistant vice president, Public Relations
(312) 942-5949

Charles Jolie
Media Relations Specialist
(312) 942-7817