New England-area motorcycle enthusiasts are kick-starting their bikes and riding in the 2012 Ride for Our Heroes on Saturday, September 22. The Ride for Our Heroes is a true motorcycle enthusiast event honoring our nation’s service members, veterans and their families, while raising vital funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.
Riders are encouraged to make fundraising for the Home Base Program an important part of their event participation. Prizes will be awarded for reaching fundraising goals. Every dollar helps to make a difference in the lives of New England veterans and their families.
The Ride features three starting points from locations throughout New England and will kick-off with an opening ceremony and acknowledgement of local military heroes. The Ride concludes with the WZLX Ride for Our Heroes Party at Fort Devens in Devens, MA.
Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to New England-area Service Members, Veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress or traumatic brain injury. We offer clinical and community education on these “invisible wounds of war” and conduct research in the understanding and treatment of post traumatic stress (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.
There & Back Again is a nonprofit organization that supports the well-being of service-members. Our mission is to provide reintegration support services to combat veterans of all conflicts.
The Whole Body Approach
We are all made up of different parts of our “self” —our mind/thoughts, physical body, emotional and spiritual beings. War is an extreme experience that can disconnect us from one or all aspects of our “self”. This program provides veterans with an opportunity to begin the process of reconnecting and reintegrating all parts to fully participate in your “life”.
Our programs incorporate a variety of wellness practices including yoga, meditation, martial arts, massage therapy, acupuncture, Reiki, and many others. We provide tools to veterans so that they can participate in their own healing. Many veterans find that these wellness practices, in conjunction with traditional therapies help them manage and process their combat experience and “navigate life after war”.
Veterans Acupuncture Care (VAC) MetroWest offers free community-style acupuncture to help veterans, first responders, and their families handle post-combat stress and the accompanying symptoms, such as insomnia, irritability and emotional withdrawal. All veterans, active military, and first responders are welcome, from those who served in Iraq, Afghanistan or any past conflicts of war, as well those who serve more locally in the community—police officers, firefighters, paramedics, search and rescue teams, and EMTs.
6/30/12 UDPATE! WELCOME HOME SPC. DILLON RAMOS, U.S. ARMY GARDNER, MASS.
I just want to thank you all for your help and hard work. My heart was bursting with pride, happiness, excitement, and so much more that I can’t even explain it… Good work team! At the end of the day we all feel better about ourselves as citizens and we are better people for helping to welcome home a hero. God bless our troops!
Thank you! Sincerely, Amy I’m so proud of all the work that went in to this welcome.. you guys ROCK!
Some photos from Dillon’s Welcome Home! Thanks to Jeff Bowers: