Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, was recently awarded a grant from The Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Fund. The Fund is dedicated to supporting innovative programs making a direct impact in the lives of America’s military and veteran caregivers.
More than half a million dollars will be distributed to fourteen nonprofit organizations to create new initiatives or expand existing programs. The 2017 grant recipients were competitively selected from among nearly 150 applications from organizations nationally.
“When the Foundation launched Hidden Heroes in September, we renewed our commitment to do all we can to improve the lives of military caregivers, those spouses, mothers, dads, children, siblings, and friends who are caring for America’s wounded warriors,” said Senator Elizabeth Dole. “As part of this multifaceted initiative, we established the Hidden Heroes Fund to award grants to nonprofit organizations that are making a real difference in the lives of America’s military and veteran caregivers.”
Home Base is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members, and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research. With the Foundation’s grant, Home Base will develop and pilot, “A Brief Online Mind-Body Program to Support Military and Veteran Caregiver Wellness,” a first-of-its-kind, evidence-based intervention to promote resilience among military and veteran caregivers.
“When a service member or veteran suffers is wounded—the burden becomes one the entire family shoulders,” said Eric Bui, MD, PhD, Associate Director for Research at Home Base. “As such, there is a critical need for a program that addresses these stressors in military family members and caregivers. With collaborators from the Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network, Home Base is honored to partner with the Hidden Heroes Fund of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Together, we will develop an online, mind-body program that not only aims to eases the stress facing this population but also to helps build resilience for the future.”
Selection criteria for the grants include: the organization’s effectiveness in addressing military caregivers’ unique needs as determined by the Foundation-commissioned RAND study which established baseline research on the status of military caregivers; alignment with the Foundation’s eight critical impact areas: community support at home, education and training, employment, faith and spirituality, financial and legal support, mental and physical health, military family support and respite care; use of evidence-based resources to inform the creation of effective programming for caregivers; and the replicability of the program.
Currently, Home Base runs an in-person mind-body program to support Military Veterans and Service Members, and Family Members. Click here to learn more about Home Base’s Resilient Warrior, and here to learn more about Home Base’s Resilient Family.