For the past two years, Home Base has broadcast a television special on Veterans Day in an effort to raise awareness of the invisible wounds of war, and, to raise dollars funding the clinical care Home Base provides. The telethon, titled Home Base’s Veterans Day Special, was made possible thanks to the support of WCVB, the leading television news outlet in the Boston area, and its President and General Manager, Bill Fine. Recently, Home Base honored Fine for his commitment to the mission, and for what he has done to catalyze the support of the New England community.
“The Veterans Day Special is a game changer in terms of exposure,” says Kristen Chadwick, communications director, Home Base. “Thanks to this show, people recognize that Home Base exists and they’re learning about services we offer—services that are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the Veteran and/or military family member. We are so thankful to Bill and WCVB for helping to ensure that folks can receive care, when and if needed.”
WCVB is Hearst Television’s flagship station and Boston’s ABC affiliate. The show has been broadcast on WCVB’s Channel 5 and also on WMUR’s Channel 9. WMUR is the sister station of WCVB, also owned by Hearst and located in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Thanks to Fine and WMUR’s President and General Manager Jeff Bartlett, the Veterans Day Special was viewed throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire and has raised over $300,000 for Home Base. The commercial-free telethon, produced by Home Base, has also been nominated for three Emmy Awards.
“On behalf of all of us at Home Base, I would like to thank Bill for his leadership, visionary spirit, and talent in harnessing the power of broadcast media to elevate and extend our mission to heal the invisible wounds of war,” says Brigadier General (ret,) Jack Hammond, executive director, Home Base.
The third Veterans Days Special will air on Friday, November 10th, from 7:30pm -9pm The show will again feature former patients sharing their stories as well as information about the invisible wounds of war. The show will be staffed by a live phone bank, a text-to-give option, as well as the ability to contribute online. To see excerpts from last years show, visit our You Tube channel here.