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

Please join us starting March 20, for the 2014 From the War Zone to the Home Front; Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families, a free 9-week on-line training series, designed to help community clinicians recognize and address the health care challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

The series is available live and on-demand, and presented 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. Once again, continuing education credits will be available free of charge.

This is the third year we offer you this free training. Since the series began in 2012:
• more than 8,700 clinicians nationwide have viewed one or all of the 23-part series
• 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.

Lectures
The 2014 War Zone to the Home Front curriculum 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, and building resilience in military-connected children.

Case Conferences
This year, for the first time, we will 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.

The series is offered in collaboration with the MGH Psychiatry Academy.

2014 War Zone to the Home Front Details:
Dates:
Every Thursday at 11:30 AM EST beginning March 20, 2014
Location: Online; participate in any or all of the nine sessions; which are available for on demand viewing after the live event.
Tuition: Free
Credits: Up to 1 CME/CE/CEU credit per session
Register: War Zone to the Home Front 

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

National Center for PTSD, US Department of Veterans Affairs
The Center conducts research and provides education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. Although we are a VA Center, our seven divisions provide expertise on all types of trauma - from natural disasters, terrorism, violence and abuse to combat exposure. Please visit our website for extensive materials on trauma and PTSD. www.PTSD.va.gov

Purchase tickets for March 23 Benefit Dinner at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida

Brigadier General (ret) Jack Hammond and the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program invite you to our benefit dinner and game on Sunday, March 23, 2014 following the Tampa Bay Rays game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. Purchase tickets today or contact Cici Spaulding, Development Officer, at jetblue@partners.org. All proceeds benefit veterans and families in Southwest Florida.

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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.

Read our Winter Quarterly Newsletter

Read our Winter newsletter and learn about the 5th Annual Run to Home Base, Home Base Veterans Day activities, Resilient Warrior training and much more.

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Veterans Day Leadership Forum

On Veterans Day, November 11th, over 240 leaders in health care, military, business, and public policy attended Home Base’s Annual Leadership Forum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The afternoon was filled with thoughtful, engaging and honest discussions of the challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The increase in military suicide, the military-civilian cultural divide, and the obstacles to veteran employment were among the discussion topics.

Home Base would like to thank our extraordinary speakers for the day which included U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy, former U.S. Senator and Medal of Honor recipient Bob Kerrey, Wes Moore, Dr. Michael Schoenbaum, Phillip Carter, Thomas Brennan, WAAF’s Mistress Carrie, and Kevin Cullen for a thought provoking afternoon of honoring our veterans and their families who have served and sacrificed for our nation. Read Kevin Cullen’s Boston Globe column about the forum.

The Veterans Day Leadership Forum was presented with support from Bank of America.

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

senator kerryKeynote Speakers:

Joseph Robert “Bob” Kerrey, Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions as a U.S. Navy Seal in Vietnam, former U.S. Senator and Governor of Nebraska, former President of the New School University, national leader in education, author.





schoenbaumMichael Schoenbaum, PhD, Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology and Economics in the Office of the Director NIMH. Dr. Schoenbaum is one of the leaders of the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) a response to the increase in military suicides.



Panel Discussion: War stories; keeping the American public engaged after the troops come home

cullenKevin Cullen, Moderator. A military family member, Boston Globe columnist, Cullen was a member of the 2003 investigative team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal. He is co-author of the New York Times best-seller "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice."



brennan 2Thomas “T.J.” Brennan, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran; served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has written poignantly and honestly about his own experience with the invisible wounds of war in his blog posts for The New York Times “At War” series. Brennan is Military Affairs reporter for The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.



carterPhillip Carter, Director of Military, Veterans and Society Program, Center for a New American Security. A U.S. Army and Iraq War veteran, Carter’s research focuses on veterans issues, military manpower issues, and civil-military relations.





mistress carrieMistress Carrie, Afternoon Drive DJ and Music Director of WAAF 97.7/107.3, who was embedded with units from the MA Army National Guard in Iraq (2006) and Afghanistan (2011), and was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service, one of the U.S. Army’s highest civilian honors twice. Mistress Carrie is a military spouse.





mooreWes Moore, U.S. Army Veteran, Afghanistan, Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, youth advocate, business leader, New York Times best selling author of The Other Wes Moore.


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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.

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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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Sign up for our 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! 

Stay tuned to hear about Winter 2014 Adventure Series events. 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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Ride For Our Heroes

October 5th Manchester Harley-Davidson is hosting the Ride to benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. For more information, visit www.rideforourheroes.com

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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.

Stay tuned to hear about Winter 2014 Adventure Series events. Upcoming fall event(s):

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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Fun Fridays

Highland Street Foundation announces its 5th Annual "Free Fun Fridays" with free admission to 60 Massachusetts museums and cultural venues. To learn more about the Highland Street Foundation and to see a full list of participating museums, visit www.highlandstreet.org. Free admission runs from June 28 until August 30, 2013.

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Summer Family Activity

Blue Star Families is working with more than 80 art centers and museums throughout Massachusetts to offer FREE entrance for all actively serving military and their families. This offer runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Visit bluestarfam.org to see a complete list of participating museums.

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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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Mission Gratitude

Celebrate our nation’s heroes at famed Boston Symphony Hall on September 23, 2013 at Mission Gratitude presented by State Street, to benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. Enjoy 9 innings of star-studded entertainment by artists such as Sarah Silverman, The Band Perry and Big & Rich and a chance to honor our returning veterans and their families. The event also features an online auction with great items! Visit MissionGratitude.com for more info including a full list of all the artists and special guests.