Past Events

FEBRUARY, 2019

Music Box Theatre
Chicago, IL

Thad Rydberg, Clinical Director at the Road Home Program, joins Chicago native and film director Shawn Convey to celebrate the worldwide release of Among Wolves with a weekend of screenings, special events and panel discussions. The film explores a motorcycle group in Bosnia who confront the trauma of their past and find redemption in acts of charity. They take strength from being together in what was once their frontline, but is now land they visit to protect and nourish a herd of wild horses and hold sacred as a place of healing.



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Turkey Drop
Jewel-Osco at 1340 S. Canal Street

Every year for the past five years, Jewel Osco, MillerCoors, the Chicago Bears and the Road Home Program at Rush have come together to give veteran families a Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey and all the fixings. It’s called Turkey Drop and it’s our way of putting the thanks in Thanksgiving.




FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

Operation: Ruck 22
South Shore Cultural Center

Ruck 22 is an annual event meant to raise awareness of the suicide epidemic currently plaguing veterans and members of the military community. The 13+ mile march alongside Chicago’s lakefront while carrying 22 pounds of weight signifies the 22 deaths by suicide each day among veterans. Marchers, family and friends were greeted with band-aids, refreshments and the warm hospitality of the South Shore Cultural Center. The march is co-sponsored by the Chicago Park District, the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Road Home Program at Rush.



March 19, 2015

Military Family Symposium
Union League Club of Chicago

Our first Military Family Symposium was sponsored by the Bank of America and held March 19, 2015 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The Keynote speakers were Doctor Patricia Lester, (Medical Director of the UCLA Family Star Clinic and the FOCUS Project), Doctor Norweeta Milburn, (Director of Research at the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center) and Dylan Tete, (Executive Director and founder of the Bastion Community of Resilience in New Orleans). The Keynote presentations were followed by TED-style talks by local Military Family service providers and organizations.



November 11, 2014 and December 20, 2014

Chicago Bears Celebrate Veterans Day and Host Holiday Party
Road Home and United Club at Soldier Field

The Chicago Bears, through their charitable arm, Bears Care, play an important role in the Road Home Program’s outreach to military families in need. Every year, Bears Care and MillerCoors celebrate Veterans Day by giving over 400 military families a Pre-Thanksgiving feast complete with turkey, cranberry sauce and all the trimmings. And in December, Bears Care and United Airlines throw a party for more than 250 military children in the United Club at Soldier Field. Road Home is proud to help refer deserving families to both events.

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