Therapeutic GOALS – Featuring Ret. Navy SEAL Ryan Croley and Ret. Boston Bruin Frank Simonetti

Retired Navy SEAL Capt. Ryan Croley founded the Warrior For Life Fund (WFLF) in 2012 after never skating or picking up a hockey stick until his mid-thirties, creating an opportunity for veterans, active duty service members, and families to meet and compete on the ice no matter the skill level, ability…or disability. Frank Simonetti played for the Boston Bruins from 1984-1988, and as a Bruins Alumni continues to help raise funds and awareness for people in need through organizations like WFLF. With some pre-game smack talk for the tied series between the Bruins Alumni and WFLF Teams and a conversation about the therapeutic bonds on and off the ice, Dr. Ron talks with Ryan and Frank at Home Base, overlooking the USS Constitution – an appropriate backdrop for a Bostonian Bruin, and a Navy Veteran.

Thank you Ryan Croley, of the Warrior For Life Fund (WFLF) and Frank Simonetti of the Boston Bruins Alumni  for your service on and off the ice and for connecting people through the great sport of hockey. Thanks for visiting us at Home Base and for all your work in bringing the Bruins-Military worlds together for some great therapy and great times. Special thanks to colleague Dr. Joe Bonvie who has been bringing sport, psychology and service together with passion for many years.

Make sure to check out the BFit Challenge that will take place January 28th 2024, or sign up virtually for January 19th-26th, and the Home Base BFitTeam!

Many thanks to Annie Tamburello, SLP and Brain Injury Specialist (And wife of Ryan Croley) who treats veterans, servicemembers and civilians with TBI who need cognitive rehab. Check out Cortex Initiative at VA Beach for more information. Through the WFLF they are doing great work, and along with Frank Simonetti and others it’s about that impact factor and showing that support for those who need the help. And thank you to our partner and friend  Navy Seal Foundation for all you do to help support organizations like WFLF.

Home Base Nation is the official podcast for Home Base Program for Veterans and Military Families – Our team sees veterans, servicemembers and their families addressing the invisible wounds of war at no cost. This is all made possible thanks to a grateful nation – And if you want to learn more on how you can help, visit us at, or if you or anyone you know would like to connect to care, you can also reach us at 617-724-5202.

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