Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has announced a five-year, $45 million commitment from the Wounded Warrior Project in support of mental health care for military veterans and their family members.
The largest single donation to Rush since its founding in 1837 will be used to expand the Road Home Program at the Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush, enabling five thousand veterans or their family members to receive mental health care services for free. Launched in 2014, the WWP-funded program provides three weeks of concentrated post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, which has been proven to significantly reduce the symptoms of PTSD.
WWP's latest commitment will expand access to Rush's Intensive Outpatient Program — developed as part of a three-year, $100 million partnership with Emory University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of California, Los Angeles — to more than fifteen hundred veterans over the next five years. Designed for veterans whose PTSD does not respond to standard treatment, IOP provides more than a hundred hours of treatment, including cognitive processing therapy and wellness interventions such as mindfulness, yoga, art therapy, and acupuncture.
In addition, the funding will enable Road Home Program clinicians and therapists to provide outpatient therapy, counseling, and other services to an additional thirty-five hundred veterans and their family members from the Chicago area and beyond.
"The Road Home Program at Rush has proven to be just that — a road home for thousands of men and women wounded while serving their country," said Wounded Warrior Project CEO retired Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington. "Wounded Warrior Project has increasingly focused on improving the mental health and wellness of our veterans. Invisible wounds are as debilitating as physical injuries, but with care like that provided at Road Home, they can be largely overcome."