Home Base Program Laces Up for 4th Annual Run to Home Base
On Saturday, May 4th, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program will team up to host their 4th annual Run-Walk to Home Base fundraiser. Participants are given the unique opportunity to conclude a special 9k race through beautiful Boston by crossing Fenway’s historic “home base.” This unforgettable experience is part of the Home Base Program’s larger effort to spread awareness about “invisible wounds” and provide treatment to local veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress or traumatic brain injuries.
While less than 1% of the U.S. population serves in our military, more than 2.5 million men and women have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly one third of these veterans have returned home with either a traumatic brain injury or Post Traumatic Stress, including the over 834,000 veterans diagnosed with PTS by the VA. In New England, an estimated 50,000 veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are affected by traumatic brain injury and/or combat stress.
Dedicated to honoring our nation’s heroes by curbing these devastating trends, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program serves New England by identifying, motivating, and clinically treating wounded service members and veterans with combat stress and traumatic brain injuries. In creating successful, positive, outreach opportunities like the Annual Run-Walk to Home Base Fundraiser, the Home Base Program is able to inform and educate the community about combat stress and/or traumatic brain injuries while seeking to mitigate the stigma and encourage veterans and their families to get the support and care they deserve, free of charge.
The New England Council is proud to support the Home Base Program extends our best wishes as the organization prepares to host another great event!