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2014 Run to Home Base Presented By New Balance

Join us on Saturday, July 19th, to support returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families by participating in the 5th annual Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance. Over the past four years, the event has raised more than $9 million to support 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—through clinical care, education and research.

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. 

Resilient Warrior Course Starts April 16

Resilient Warrior flyerHome Base is offering a free stress management course for female service members and Post 9/11 female veterans which starts Wednesday April 16 at Hanscom. Resilient Warrior is a four session education course in collaboration with the Benson Henry Institute for Mind and Medicine. The course teaches stress management skills, relaxation techniques, and communication skills to help build personal resilience.

The goal of Resilient Warrior is to reduce stress and improve physical and emotional health. Participants will learn stress management techniques that have proven particularly effective in promoting health and building resiliency among service members, veterans and military connected family members throughout the country. The course is led by a nurse, who is also a military spouse.

To register and learn more contact Emma Morrison at emorrison4@partners.org.

Course Start Date: April 16, 2014   

Time: 4pm-6pm        

Location: Hanscom Air Force Base Commons, 1425 Kirtland Street, Heritage Room

Ad Campaign on "Invisible Wounds of War" wins National and International Awards

Your donation helps our veterans and their families recover from PTS and TBI

A public service advertising campaign, developed for Home Base by the advertising firm Hill Holliday has been recognized with more than five prestigious awards including multiple Hatch Awards and a London International Award.

The campaign, which was developed last spring in time for PTSD Awareness Month, was designed pro bono by Hill Holliday. The ad campaign was designed to increase awareness for Home Base and the “invisible wounds” of war – Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury – which affect one-in-three returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The campaign’s call to action is helping to raise funds to support Home Base clinical, education and research services which enable veterans and their families to recover.

Beetle Bailey

A unique Beetle Bailey cartoon in the Boston Sunday Globe by legendary cartoonist Mort Walk about the invisible wounds was the centerpiece for the launch of the campaign, which included print, radio and out of home advertising. The cartoon and an accompanying video received Silver and Gold Hatch Awards respectively. Hill Holliday won a total of 39 Hatch Awards this year.

A radio ad titled “You Hear, They Hear” also part of the public service campaign won Gold at the London International Awards.


Take a look at different parts of the campaign:

Congratulations to our good friends at Hill Holliday for their creative accomplishments. Home Base is deeply grateful for your brilliant work on our behalf and especially for the agency’s commitment to New England service members, veterans and their families.

    Home Base leaders in Washington D.C.

    white house visitOn November 4, Home Base Executive Director Brigadier General (Ret) Jack Hammond was invited to speak at a hearing of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. General Hammond focused his remarks on how the private sector, including organizations like Home Base, are helping to fill gaps in care for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

    This marked the fifth time that Home Base leaders have been invited to Washington since the summer – three times to the White House – to provide advice to key veteran and military family policy experts. In July, General Hammond and Michael Allard presented Home Base at a meeting at the White House to kick off a series of nationwide VA summits designed to improve collaboration between community organizations and the VA. In August, Paula Rauch, MD, Program Director of the Home Base Family Team and General Hammond were invited to a special White House meeting convened by Joining Forces, an initiative led by Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to support military families. In November, Dr. Rauch visited Joining Forces leaders again. Pictured here are: Joining Forces Executive Director U.S. Army Colonel Rich Morales, Dr. Rauch and General Hammond. Home Base continues to serve an advisory role to Joining Forces. Earlier this summer, Dr. Rauch was a guest speaker at the annual nationwide Training Seminar of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) which attracted an audience of 700 educators, military professionals, senior military leaders and families.