On Sunday, August 1st, the SEAL Legacy Foundation hosted its 5th annual Patriot Dinner at the Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, MA to recognize the courage, commitment, and sacrifice of the U.S. Navy SEAL community and families. The event, which benefitted Home Base, shined a spotlight on the mental health programs Home Base provides to the SEAL community. Over 400 guests and more than 40 active and former SEALs attended the benefit. The room in which the dinner was held was decorated along its walls by candles, narratives, and pictures for each and every SEAL who has fallen since 9/11.
The evening also featured both a live and silent auction, speech from SEAL Legacy Foundation Managing Director and former Navy SEAL, Commander Mark McGinnis, Home Base patient testimonial video, SEAL dog demo on the stage, and concluded with a special presentation of the Patriot Award to the Wahlberg Family for their commitment to the military community. The Patriot Award was accepted by Paul Wahlberg of the Wahlberg Family.
The following morning, on August 2nd, 100 golfers took the green in a scramble tournament at the Charles River Country Club in Newton, MA for the 8th annual Warrior Open golf tournament. Each foursome was joined by an active or former U.S. Navy SEAL and the tournament included an air cannon and professional long driver on several of the holes.
About the SEAL Legacy Foundation and Home Base’s Partnership
Home Base and the SEAL Legacy Foundation have partnered to develop new mental-health programs targeted to the SEAL community. Each year since, the SEAL Legacy Foundation has worked closely with Home Base referring SEALs for care and providing funding to cover costs for care. Since September 2001, the Naval Special Warfare community has lost many warriors during training and in combat, at home and on foreign shores. The SEAL Legacy Foundation has been at the forefront of supporting the SEAL community, helping current and former SEALs and their Families in a variety of ways, including survivor support, college scholarships, and now mental health-care services.
“We have seen an increase in the number of SEALs seeking support for the symptoms of TBI and post-traumatic stress, including insomnia, anxiety, and cognitive impairment, among others,” McGinnis added. “We have worked diligently to identify a world-class partner so we can broaden our Foundation’s offerings to include mental-health programs.” Home Base and the SEAL Legacy Foundation have worked together to expand Home Base’s two-week ICP to serve Navy SEALs and their Families.