The Veterans at Rush

Three people at Rush with military backgrounds – a nurse, a student and an executive – share stories about their experiences and how their background affects who they are now.

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Photos by Jason Chiou

Sherry Hedge

Sherry Hedge has dual careers as a nurse in Rush University Medical Center’s Emergency Department and as an active member of the U.S. Army.

For years she has tackled the challenges related to switching back and forth between civilian and military life.

In this audio clip, Hedge discusses what inspired her to join the military along with the differences between being a nurse at Rush and providing medical care to soldiers in war zones.


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Robert Wilkins

Robert Wilkins, who was a U.S. Army sergeant and served from 2003 to 2009, will soon graduate from the Rush College of Nursing.

In this audio clip, he talks about the struggles that veterans face after leaving the military, including returning to relationships and civilian career prospects.


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Jaime Parent

Jaime Parent, associate chief information officer and vice president of Information Technology Operations at Rush, was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and served from 1983 to 2003.

Parent developed his knowledge of information systems while serving in the military. He brought his expertise to Rush, where he leads information technology advances and helps support Rush’s vision of being an institution of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion.

Parent reflects on his experience in this audio clip.

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