Every fallen soldier deserves recognition and Sergeant First Class Delaney Reimann stationed out of Fort Gordon, Georgia has found a creative way to do just that. On Saturday, July 28th, she will fly out to Boston, MA to participate in the 9th annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance at Fenway. The charity race – a 9K run/5K walk – that begins and ends inside Boston’s Fenway Park -benefits Home Base, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program and its mission to heal the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families from across America.
This year’s Run to Home Base will pay a special tribute to Families of the Fallen and recognize those who have given their life in service to country – a cause close to Reimann’s heart. “I run for those who can’t, for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, especially those in my unit who were killed by a suicide bomber at FOB Gamberi, Afghanistan on April 16, 2011,” Delaney said.
Reimann, a 23-year Veteran of the U.S. Army knows the definition of hard work and perseverance. Throughout her career, she has served her country in peace-time and at war—deploying multiple times to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. She has endured the long hours, years away from home and loved ones, rewarding assignments and punishing ones, and has been promoted through the ranks. A committed warrior and true professional Soldier, though as she says, not immune to the challenges of coming home from war.
“I have dealt with depression since my first deployment and feel that programs like Home Base are important to the men and women who have served this country. There are many Veterans and Service Members with invisible wounds and don’t know how to deal with the things going on inside their heads” she explained.
Veterans from Georgia and across the country can receive help in healing from the invisible wounds of war at Home Base. The Boston-clinic has a two-week Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) that provides a years’ worth of treatment in two weeks’ time. Veterans are put on a path to life-long healing and then connected to care back in their home communities. All treatment, lodging, transportation and meals are fully covered. The program is possible through a grant from the Wounded Warrior Project as part of the Warrior Care Network, a groundbreaking collaboration between Home Base, Wounded Warrior Project and three other academic medical centers aimed at healing the invisible wounds.
“One in three returning Veterans struggles with an invisible wound of war. Home Base can help, regardless of ability to pay, regardless of where you live, regardless of discharge status. If you are a Veteran and you are struggling—please, reach out to Home Base. We can help,” says retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Executive Director, Home Base.
To support Reimann’s 2018 Run to Home Base fundraiser, please visit www.homebase.org/Reimann.
Registration and event information for the 2018 Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance is available at www.runtohomebase.org. Pre-registration and minimum fundraising commitment is required. All proceeds from your donation will directly benefit the clinical care and support services Veterans, Service Members and their Families receive at Home Base.