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Dr. John Rodolico

By arbies

August 12, 2018

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“Every Morning I looked into their eyes and said a little prayer”

Dr. Rodolico comes to VFR Healthcare from Harvard McLean Hospital, where he served as the Director of Adolescent Addictions Training and Director of Military Consultation Service. He is also currently the Chief of Behavioral Health in the Massachusetts National Guard, Medical Command. As an officer in the United States Army Reserve, he served as the Executive Officer of a combat stress company deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2006. During that time, in his operational role he helped redesign the delivery of mental health care to Soldiers and Marines in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq while maintaining mission completion throughout the region.

“In 2006, I was at a forward operations base in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq. Every morning as I was going about my medical duties, I watched convoys of young soldiers going out the gate, these kids leaving on patrols. I knew they would not all come back. Every day, I watched them up on the turrets, I looked into their eyes and would say a little prayer. Right then and there I made a vow to myself that I would dedicate my life to working with veterans affected by substance abuse and other mental health problems.”

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