Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, will recognize and honor the sacrifice of Families of the Fallen, to include those whose family member died in service, and those who lost a loved one post-service by suicide. The tribute will take place Saturday, July 28, at Fenway Park.
This special day will begin in the morning at the Run to Home Base presented by New Balance, Home Base’s biggest fundraiser to heal the invisible wounds of war. The 9K run and 5K run/walk starts and ends inside Fenway Park and will include a special opening ceremony honoring those who have lost a loved one.
“The sacrifices our Service Members and Veterans have made will not be forgotten, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. However, it is the Families of those lost whom we want to honor on July 28,” says retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, Executive Director, Home Base. “They too have made a great, great sacrifice. We want them to know they are not alone—that we see them—we hear them—and they will always find help at Home Base.”
Home Base is unique in that clinical treatment and support is offered to family members of Veterans and Service Members, regardless of whether their loved one is receiving care or if they are alive or deceased. If deceased, the manner of death does not affect available services. Treatment and support are there for anyone who identifies themselves as a family member, regardless of when or how their loved one passed. Families of those killed in action, killed in the line of duty, survivors of suicide and others are all welcome. Care is provided in Home Base’s Boston-based clinic. It is also available via telehealth appointments and support groups. In 2017, Home Base also launched an Intensive Clinical Program specifically for family members who lost a loved one to suicide. Funds raised at the 2018 Run to Home Base will benefit these critical services as well as fund the overall treatment plans available to each member of a military family.
“The Run to Home Base is a chance for the public to stand both with these families and for these families,” says Michael Allard, Chief Operating Officer, Home Base. “By signing up and participating in this year’s Run, you are honoring their sacrifice- as well as honoring their Veterans, who paid the ultimate price in defense of our country and freedom throughout the world.”
The evening of July 28, hundreds of Families of the Fallen will be honored on the field at Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony of the Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins game. This important tribute will include senior military and civilian leaders who will stand together in a show of support and recognition of the journey these folks have been on. Families of the Fallen are encouraged to put in a lottery request for up to four tickets for the game. We ask each family to select one member to represent their family on the field.
To join Home Base for this day of gratitude and support, sign up for the 2018 Run to Home Base at runtohomebase.org. Your participation will raise funds needed for Home Base to continue the clinical care and support offered to Families of the Fallen and military family members across the nation.
If you are a family member of a Service Member or Veteran who has made the ultimate sacrifice either in service or as a result of his/her service, we invite you to join us for these special events and allow the community to honor you and your family. Please visit homebase.org/familiesofthefallen.
*Space is limited; by registering, families will be entered into a lottery for the evening Red Sox game. ** Registration will be open through June 15, 2018. Confirmation of your attendance will be made no later than July 1, 2018.
About Home Base: Home Base, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. Home Base operates the first and largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing Invisible Wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, military sexual trauma, family relationship challenges and other issues associated with military service. Since its inception, Home Base has served more than 15,000 Veterans and Family Members with care and support, trained more than 55,000 clinicians, educators and community members nationally and remains at the forefront of discovering new treatments– ensuring a brighter future for the 21st century Warrior and Military Family. Home Base is also a member of the Warrior Care Network. For more information please visit www.homebase.org.