The past year has been one full of great milestones at Home Base and these accomplishments have all been important and positive steps toward building the best version of our organization. As we close the chapter of 2018, I find myself reflecting on the enormous progress we’ve made together and look forward to what is still to come.
This year marked a historic milestone for our organization as we opened the doors to our National Center of Excellence in the Charlestown Navy Yard. This state-of-the-art facility will enable us to respond to the growing demand for our programs and services. In 2009, Home Base embarked on a humble mission to care for hundreds of local Veterans and their families. As we enter our tenth year, we will now provide world-class care, wellness and support to thousands of U.S. Veterans and families from around the globe.
Of course, none of this would be possible without our partner organizations. Buoyed by the incredible success of Massachusetts General Hospital – which was ranked among one of the top psychiatric hospitals in the country – and the Boston Red Sox – our World Series Champions – we enter the new year with a promising stride.
We are already setting the stage for major growth and innovation in 2019. Home Base will pilot a new program that comprises 12 weeks of therapy into one extended weekend, as well as a new program for Veterans dealing with substance abuse. Home Base also plans to pilot a new model of care for Traumatic Brain Injury that will significantly increase the number of Veterans we treat, and establish a “gold standard” for this care.
Home Base is grateful for the partnerships with organizations that enable us to broaden our ability to serve more Veterans and their families to include: The Fisher House Foundation, The Royal Foundation, McCormick Foundation, the SEAL Legacy Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the Bush Institute’s Warrior Wellness Alliance, and our long-standing and instrumental partnership with Wounded Warrior Project and the Warrior Care Network.
As an organization, we’ve transitioned, we’ve healed, we’ve provided hope to thousands of Veterans and their Families, and just as vital to our success is the dedication of our staff and the support of our sponsors, donors and volunteers who share our vision.
We are still losing 20 Veterans a day – more than 100,000 Veterans since September 11, 2011. The need is great and our work here is not done.
With your loyalty and support, we can – and will – make a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s warriors and their families. We have much to be thankful for and there is no doubt 2019 will be as energetic, inspired, and innovative as the past nine years.
Thank you for your unwavering dedication and support in our quest to provide hope to those who come through Home Base’s doors each day. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and the greatest joy in the New Year.
Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond
Executive Director, Home Base