The Road Home Program at Rush

Jul 20, 2018
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Wolfkeeper University’s service dogs are just a part of a much larger program going on at Rush University Medical Center: The Road Home Program. Since 2014 the Road Home Program has been working tirelessly to serve veterans and help mend the invisible wounds of war. The Road Home Program, located in the Rush University Medical Center at 1645 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL, is specifically meant to help veterans with psychological challenges that they may be facing after returning from service. On their website, at roadhomeprogram.org, they list that they can specifically help with:

  • Feeling depressed
  • Felling anxious and constantly on high alert
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling guilty that you survived
  • Having problems concentrating and focusing
  • Having trouble with sleeping and/or nightmares
  • Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
  • Avoiding activities that you once enjoyed
  • Becoming increasingly angry and irritable
  • Thinking of hurting yourself or others
  • Reliving traumatic situations
  • Struggling with personal relationships
  • Having parenting or marital issues
 

One of the amazing things that the Road Home Program provides is counselling for veterans’ families as well as the veterans themselves. This includes parents, spouses/significant others, and children of veterans. A veteran’s wounds may have an impact on those around them and the Road home Program wants to offer support and help bolster veterans’ existing support networks. Wolfkeeper University is standing to help veterans find a new supportive friend in the form of a service dog who is trained to recognize the actions of their owner and respond accordingly to offer support and assistance. Challenges such as PTSD, TBI, and MST are battles that are not meant to be fought alone especially when there are several other people willing to stand with you against them. If you or someone you know may be experiencing residual wounds of war, whether they are a veteran who has served or a member of their family, reach out to the Road Home Program to get the helping hand that you deserve.

The best ways to reach out to the road home program is by calling them at (312) 942-8387 or emailing them at team@roadhomeprogram.org. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/RoadHomeProgram/ or by searching for Road Home Program at Rush.