Road Home Program: The Podcast

Road Home Program: The Podcast

Veterans have served our country, now it’s our turn to serve them. Road Home's Will Beiersdorf talks with veterans and their families about their journeys transitioning to civilian life. During every episode you’ll hear from subject matter experts, like Rush clinicians, staff and community partners, discussing resources and services available to veterans to help them heal from the invisible wounds of war.

Episodes

November 8, 2020 33 min
What makes the Road Home Program at Rush unique among organizations helping veterans? Road Home’s Executive Director Will Beiersdorf and Outreach Coordinator Chris Miller discuss the mission to care for veterans and family members dealing with the invisible wounds of war.
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Dr. Mark Pollack, former Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, helped establish the Road Home Program. He shares with Will Beiersdorf, Road Home’s Executive Director, how a visit by the World-Series-winning Boston Red Sox to the White House inspired an idea to help veterans dealing with PTSD.
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December 9, 2020 27 min
Veteran and Road Home Program Outreach Coordinator Ashton Kroner shares why the Marines' classic 'lava monster' commercial sparked her interest in joining the Marines, and how the skills she picked up on recruiting duty help her today in finding veterans in need of PTSD treatment.
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Veterans can experience damage to mind, body and spirit. Mark "Chaps" Schimmelpfennig was a soldier before he went to seminary. He relates how his military service and his current role as Staff Chaplain of the Road Home Program directly helps with recovery and moral injury repair.
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Outreach Coordinator Ramon Prieto, a 26-year Army career veteran, shares why he's actively working in his community to build relationships and close the gap between the veteran-military community and our fellow citizens.
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It’s been 30 years since Operation Desert Shield (the operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia) and Operation Desert Storm (the combat phase). The brief conflict played a role in the dissolution of the former Soviet Union and prompted a “revolution in military affairs” response among world powers.

Road Home team members Will Beiersdorf (Executive Director), Chris Miller (Community Outreach Coordinator)...
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What is Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and how does it impact my life? In this episode, Outreach Coordinator Ashton Kroner leads a discussion with Dr. Vanessa Tirone, Dr. Jocelyn Kressler, and MeeSoh Bossard, LCSW, to better understand sexual assault, PTSD, and the MST treatment options available to veterans.
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On this Memorial Day 2021, Modie Lavin (Sr Outreach Coordinator at Road Home and a Gold Star Mother) shares the story of service and sacrifice made by her son, Marine Cpl. Conner T. Lowry. She encourages families to make Memorial Day a teachable moment for their children as they celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans by remembering and honoring all those who served.
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"We united, we came together, and we found ways to help."

The Road Home Program team comes together to share their individual stories of how the events of 9/11 impacted their lives and the lives of all Americans.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? How was your life impacted? Share your story in the comments below.
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“Veterans need more than just their benefits processed. They need camaraderie. They need community. They need support and resources.”

College of DuPage Veterans Services Manager, Sheri Gross, shares the ways her team assists with education and financial benefits for the veteran-military community.
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“Whether it's education, whether it's health care, just making sure that they are aware of all those benefits that are out there for them.”

Harper College’s Veterans Center Coordinator, Jesus Molina,
shares how his team helps veterans and military-connected students understand the available benefits they’ve earned and how to use them.
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“We go in humbly to ask them, "How can we assist you?" instead of going in like a big shot and trying to tell them what they should be doing.”

Illinois Joining Forces (IJF)’s Senior Director of Development, Jim Dolan, shares how IJF coordinates and connects veterans to helpful organizations in communities of all sizes throughout the state.
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“You know, you play football, you fight for a long time. But then when you're done, just like the military, that transition is, is rough.”

Merging Vets and Players (MVP)’s Program Director and former MMA fighter, Oscar Kush, shares how combat veterans and past professional athletes can grow together through physical fitness and peer-to-peer support.
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“We really have a whatever-it-takes kind of approach.”

Veterans Path To Hope’s Executive Director, Laura Franz, shares how they effectively collaborate with community partners to serve veterans with a variety of resources.
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“We're giving them those fundamental tools to kind of redefine who they are, find that purpose in life again…then use those tools to move forward in their careers.“

Dog Tag Inc.’s Chicago Program Manager and Army veteran, Justin Miller, shares how the organization cooks up ways for military members to enter the workforce and learn entrepreneurial skills.
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Obtaining healthy sleep is important for both physical and mental health, improving productivity and overall quality of life. Everyone can benefit from better sleep, and sleep hygiene can play a key part in achieving that goal.
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