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Join us July 19th for the 5th Annual Run to Home Base

On Saturday, July 19th, runners and walkers can support returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families by participating in the 5th annual Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance.

The event raises funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program's efforts to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families heal the invisible wounds of war–post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

  The Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance starts and ends in historic Fenway Park. All runners and walkers enjoy the unforgettable experience of crossing home plate at the finish line.

Registration and event information for the Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance is available at www.runtohomebase.org. Pre-registration and minimum fundraising commitment are required.

2014 From the War Zone to the Home Front; Free Online Series for Clinicians

From the War Zone to the Home Front; Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families is a free 32-session on-line training series designed to help community clinicians recognize and address the “invisible wounds” of war and family relationship challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. During the past three years, the War Zone to the Home Front series has attracted more than 10,000 clinicians nationwide.

The series is available live and on-demand, and presented free of charge as a community service by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and the National Center for PTSD, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The presenting faculty includes leading clinical experts from Mass General Hospital and the VA Healthcare System. Continuing education credits are available free of charge for the one-hour sessions. The series is offered in collaboration with the MGH Psychiatry Academy. 

All new content for 2014 includes:
- a session on physical health after deployment (diabetes, cardiac, pain);
- reproductive mental health for female veterans;
- complimentary therapy for PTSD and TBI; veterans on campus,
- building resilience in military-connected children. 

In 2014, for the first time, we present three sessions in an interactive case conference format. In these three special sessions, a clinical case is presented and evidence-based treatment plans are created by two experts to foster discussion. Viewers are advised to watch several archived one-hour War Zone sessions (CEs available) in order to have sufficient background to benefit from each case presented. Register here.

From the War Zone to the Home Front II-Free Continuing Education Units

This spring, Home Base hosted From the War Zone to the Home Front II, a free 9-part, live and on demand, online training series for primary care and mental health providers. The good news is there is still time to register for the series and watch it on demand! The series was presented by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program in collaboration with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. Faculty included experts from MGH and throughout the U.S.

To date, close to 8,500 clinicians nationwide have watched the first War Zone to the Home Front series (watch it on archive here) or War Zone II (watch here). After viewing, 88% of participants said they know more and feel better prepared to address the mental health needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

War Zone to the Home Front II contains all new practical, relevant content, including an in depth look at: veteran suicide; diagnosing and treating co-morbid PTSD and TBI; sleep problems, pain, and aggression; military culture and re-integration challenges; complicated grief in veterans and military families; and the new DSM-5 on PTSD. The series was offered through the MGH Psychiatry Academy and is now available for on demand viewing after the live event.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program serves Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and military families affected by the “invisible wounds of war” – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, community education and research. www.homebaseprogram.org

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Read our Summer Quarterly Newsletter

Read our Summer newsletter and learn about the 5th Annual Run to Home Base, supporting military-connected children in MA schools, preparing clinicians to understand military culture and recognize and treat the "invisible wounds" of war, and much more. 

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Adventure Series

The Adventure Series at Home Base offers military veterans and their families an opportunity to explore a new sport or activity together, meet other military families – and get acquainted with the Home Base Program. All activities are FREE and accommodate adaptive and able-bodied participants. The Adventure Series is designed to support family relationships during and after deployments. Sign up to join our mailing list and get an email invitation to each event when registration opens. We hope to see you soon!

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Monthly Support Groups

When one family member serves in the military, the entire family serves. That’s why the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program is committed to meeting the mental health needs of both veterans AND their families. We offer free monthly support groups for parents and siblings of military service members who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Free parking is provided.

For Parents of Veterans Who Have Returned from Iraq or Afghanistan

The support group for parents of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is designed to help parents when a veteran son or daughter has returned home and is struggling with combat stress or a traumatic brain injury. The group helps when family relationships are strained after the veteran returns home and is reentering civilian life including work or school. Friends and other family members may not be offering the support parents need to cope with an adult child’s difficulties.

  • When: 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Home Base Clinic, 101 Merrimac Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114
  • How: To register, contact Dr. Bonnie Ohye at bohye@partners.org or 617-724-5202.
Did you serve in Iraq or Afghanistan?

Research Study

Did you serve in Iraq or Afghanistan? Do you:

  • Have trouble sleeping or have nightmares?
  • Feel anxious, jumpy or on alert?
  • Feel irritable -- or feel numb?

If you answered "yes" to ANY of these questions, you may be eligible for a research study of Post Traumatic Stress. Participants receive therapy or study medication at no cost.

For information call 1-855-MGH-PTSD or email anxietystudy@partners.org.

All inquiries are kept confidential. Compensation up to $300 provided for study participants.

Learn more about research at the Home Base Program.

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CFC and COMECC Home Base

If you are a Federal or MA employee, please consider supporting the Home Base Program via donation through the CFC and COMECC.  Home Base's CFC #12288 and COMECC #700754. Thank you for your generous contributions to support clinical care, community education and research at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.