I am honored to have your support as I dedicate my 2019 Boston Marathon run to Home Base.
As I walked into the voting booth this fall I found myself reflecting on how lucky I am in to live in a country where my freedoms are fiercely protected. I am so thankful to those who do the hard work of protecting those freedoms, and would love for my run to honor their work in some small way. In particular, the mission of the Home Base program to “heal the invisible wounds impacting our veterans and their families” resonated with me. It’s a sobering thought that many service members are suffering in silence, not only struggling with their injury but also feeling the weight of the stigma attached to it. Anything I can do to help amplify the work that the Home Base program is doing in improving the lives of our veterans is an honor.
Home Base, a 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. As a National Center of Excellence, Home Base operates the first and largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, military sexual trauma, family relationship challenges and other issues associated with service. Since 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.