April is Month of the Military Child, Resources Available at Home Base

Home Base is different than other Veteran-serving organizations. We truly feel that when one member of the family serves, the entire family serves—and to that end, it is our responsibility to ensure services are available for all members of a military family. That is why we pride ourselves on offering a three-generation model of care: supporting a Veteran, his/her parents, and his/her children in addition to sisters, brothers, partners, or friends who are “like family”.

Military children face a set of unique challenges. Often, due to their parents’ service, they move an average of 6 to 9 times from kindergarten to high school.  This means finding a new set of friends, potentially struggling to fit in, and adjusting to changing school curriculums. Military children may also have to deal with their parent’s past, present or future deployment and the adjustment issues in the relationship that may follow. At Home Base, we understand these issues- and we provide clinical care to the military child or adolescent who may be struggling with stressors that interfere with his or her natural resilience

Home Base also works to ensure their parents have the resources to be the best parents they can be; we offer education, peer support, and parenting guidance in groups and in 1:1 sessions.Through our initiative called Staying Strong, we provide military parents 16 videos that teach communication skills that build strong parent-child relationships.   An online training film and toolkits are also available free of charge for educators and community members who are interested in supporting military students.

All clinical care at Home Base is provided by expert, Harvard-affiliated, Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians trained in military culture including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers. Patients at our regional outpatient clinic are offered an appointment within two weeks of their call. Treatment at Home Base is 100% confidential.  If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about the care and support offered by Home Base to military children and their parents, call our clinic at 617-724-5202.