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2014 Run to Home Base Presented By New Balance Draws 2,600 Participants

Over 2,600 runners and walkers, including 500 actively serving military members, gathered at Fenway Park July 19th to support one of the only private sector clinics in the U.S. dedicated to helping Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families heal from the “invisible wounds” of war -- post traumatic stress  (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The 5th annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance raises funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. Home Base offers a broad range of services to post 9/11 veterans and families including evidence-based clinical care, couples counseling where one spouse has PTS, substance abuse treatment, stress management, health and fitness education programs, support groups, parental guidance, and outdoor recreational activities to support families. Since the fall of 2009, Home Base has provided treatment to more than 1,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families from all over New England.

The Run to Home Base, presented by New Balance has raised more than $11 million over the past five years. The 9K run and 3 mile walk starts and ends in Fenway Park with all participants having a timed finish at the iconic Green Monster and a “photo finish” at home plate, where they are greeted by members of the military as well as leaders from the Boston Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital. It is an event like no other. 


Resilient Warrior Course Begins Oct. 7th

Home Base offers FREE stress management courses for service members and Post 9/11 veterans. Resilient Warrior is a four session education course in collaboration with the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body 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. 

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

Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge

Helping Post 9/11 Veterans in Southwest Florida heal from the “invisible wounds” of war.

Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge is a FREE, eight month program for up to 30 Southwest Florida Veterans. Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge is designed to help Post 9/11 Veterans – men and women – improve their physical health and well being through supervised physical exercise, education about healthy eating, living, sleep hygiene and the health benefits of physical activity. The program also includes stress management tips to overcome anxiety.

Participants in Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge will have mandatory check-ins beginning September 13th at Florida Gulf Coast University and JetBlue Park.

Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge is a collaboration of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and Florida Gulf Coast University.

Interested Veterans should contact Armando Hernandez, CSCS, Program Coordinator and Health Trainer. Email ahernandez17@partners.org or call (239) 770-2414.

Home Base leaders in Washington D.C.

white house visitOn November 4, 2013 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.