Veterans: The Road Home Program is There for You

veterans-day-flagsBy Will Beiersdorf

As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, the Road Home Program would like to deliver an expanded message to our veterans and their families. Along with the traditional message of thanking veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country, we’d like to add that the Road Home Program is there for you (the veteran) and your family.

We have seen firsthand over the last seven months since our opening, the important role Road Home is playing in the veteran community. It’s not just in the services we deliver around counseling and care for PTSD, TBI, military sexual trauma or other challenges, but in the fact that we are there for the veterans and their families.

There to listen, there to assist, there to direct and advocate for each of the veterans and their families members that come to Road Home. It is truly an honor to serve and support our veterans, and we ask our peers and friends in the Rush community to pass along the message about Road Home Program to others in your local communities.

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Trauma Training ‘Will Save Lives on the Battlefield’

Retired Army Col. Dave Leckrone (left) with Gen. David Petraeus

By Col. Dave Leckrone

For the past 14 months, I have had the privilege to serve with the professional staff of Rush University while training combat medics for military operations. During this time period, over 300 military health care personnel have experienced an Advanced Trauma Training Program curriculum unmatched by any other training platform in the United States military.

The ATTP’s fiscal year 2010 courses enrolled military medics from 15 different states, including 11 National Guard physician assistants, one from the island of Guam. The feedback we receive from the student base has been amazing, with the most common comment being “best military course I have ever attended.”

One addition to the Advanced Trauma Training Program this past year was a module pertaining to traumatic brain injury (TBI). This injury,  labeled the Army’s “signature wound of the 21st century,” is at a critical state within its ranks. Importantly, the Rush University instruction proved to be extremely beneficial to the medics and the physician assistants who attended and will save lives on the battlefield. Continue reading