(L-R) Brigadier General (Ret) Jack Hammond, Home Base Executive Director; Megan Sievers, Veterans United Foundation Director; and Jim Brett, President & CEO of the New England Council and a member of the Home Base Advisory Board.
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, and NEC member, recently received a $100,000 private donation to support the program’s clinical, education and research to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families recover from Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury – the “invisible wounds” of war. The donation was made by Veterans United Home Loans and its charitable-arm, Veterans United Foundation, each located in Columbia, Mo.
“So many of our veterans are having difficulty doing what others take for granted,” said Home Base executive director Brigadier General (Ret) Jack Hammond, who commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. “They are having trouble sleeping, being in crowds, driving, and are feeling numb in their relationships with their loved ones. Home Base is here to help them get their lives back, and we are deeply grateful to Veterans United Home Loans and Veterans United Foundation for their support of our mission. It is especially gratifying to know that a nationwide company based in Missouri understands that PTS and TBI affect men and women all over the country and cares enough to donate to Home Base.”
Home Base was founded in 2009 after the Boston Red Sox visited wounded service members at Walter Reed Medical Center. The Red Sox Foundation partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to create a clinical, education and research program to help returning veterans and their families get help and recover from the signature invisible wounds, which affect one in three returning veterans. The Home Base Program is funded nearly 100% through contributions from generous donors and foundations.