During this season of giving, we pay tribute to Families of the Fallen and the generous partners at Fisher House and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) that help support them through our unique programming.
The Home Base Intensive Clinical Program for Families of the Fallen (ICPFF), provides healing and hope to those grieving the death of a lost Veteran or Service Member. Noriko Stern participated in the ICPFF after the sudden loss of her husband, Chris.
Sadly, more than 125,000 Veterans have died by suicide since 2001. An alarming number of Family Members have witnessed these events and the devastating aftermaths, yet Families of the Fallen are often overlooked for clinical care and support. To serve these Families, Home Base has partnered with Fisher House and TAPS to fill this critical gap.
Since 2016, Fisher House has provided lodging to hundreds of Veterans and Families who have sought care for the invisible wounds of war and saw an opportunity to extend that support after TAPS reached out to Home Base to develop programming for Families struggling with trauma and grief from their loss of a Military loved one by suicide. In tribute to the power of partnerships and healing, Home Base, with the support of Fisher House and TAPS, launched the first-in-the-country intensive clinical treatment program for Families of the Fallen, modeled after the ICP that provides care to Veterans.
“Home Base gave me my confidence back and the courage to keep going, no matter how tough it gets,” said Noriko Stern. “This program is a gift of life.”
The two-week ICPFF provides up to two years of treatment for Families of the Fallen and starts them on a path of recovery. We have cared for more than 130 Family Members since its inception in 2017, with incredible results and all at no cost to the participants. Learn more at homebase.org/icpff.
“Fisher House is proud to partner with Home Base to enhance their ability to care for Veterans and their Families by providing transportation and lodging during the ICP for the participants,” said David Coker, President, Fisher House Foundation. “This allows Home Base to focus on the treatment they provide so well. It’s about two great nonprofits collaborating in service.”
“Home Base has developed a best-practice, Intensive Clinical Program for Veterans and their Family Members who are suffering from trauma. TAPS has proudly joined with Home Base to offer this treatment to survivors of Military suicide and to provide peer-based support to expand the continuum of care,” said Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, TAPS.
Click the following link to hear Noriko Stern’s journey to hope and healing: Noriko Stern’s Story of Hope after Loss | Home Base.