The Road Home for Our Veterans
Our Garage Squad is used to teaching. It’s always been our goal to empower people to help themselves, learning some tricks of the trade and attempting to inspire our fans to take on the projects that seem a little scary, or too far from our comfort zone. Recently, when we met the Meyer family and heard the story of their son Brandon, we moved from teacher to student. Brandon purchased a ’68 Malibu and had it shipped home while serving in Iraq. It was a project to work on with his father when he returned from active duty. But Brandon’s psychological wounds of war that claimed him four years ago, before he could get into the garage and get that Chevy back on the road with his father, as he’d planned. We learned a lot from the Meyers family. And we’re helping to tell Brandon’s story.
What did we learn? Since 9/11, more than 700,000 U.S. service members have suffered from invisible wounds of war — psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and military sexual trauma (MST). When our troops come home, there are continued battles to wage on behalf of the 2.5 million men and women who serve in these wars. While there are resources to help these men and women, they are often underfunded and sometimes unknown to the people who would benefit from them most.
In the spring of 2014 a program opened in Chicago called the Road Home. The Road Home Program at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Group is an essential partner within the veteran community, providing treatment, along with support to veterans and their families. The invisible wounds of PTSD, TBI, MST and other mental health challenges are great. And, the Road Home Program team is dedicated to helping our veterans in this continued fight.
“I have people say to me, ‘Are you still involved with that veterans’ stuff? I thought we took care of that,’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, I wish.’ Veterans are always going to have needs.”, said William Beiersdorf, Director of the Road Home Program.
While the Road Home Program’s primary focus is on the veteran, it is also committed to providing their families with care and support. The stress and fatigue these families face in supporting their veteran loved ones is overwhelming. They need support as they seek ways to save and support their loved ones. This care also extends to veterans’ children.
To learn more about PTSD and the psychological injuries that effect so many of our American heroes, please visit https://roadhomeprogram.org.