Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program



On June 9, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program launched a public service advertising campaign designed to increase awareness for the “invisible wounds” of war – Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury – which affect one-in-three returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The campaign is also intended to raise funds to support Home Base clinical, education and research services to enable veterans and their families to recover. Since its founding in 2009, Home Base has provided clinical treatment for more than 600 veterans and family members from Massachusetts and the New England area, and educated over 7,500 clinicians nationwide to recognize PTS and TBI in their practices.  F0r more info about Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program please visit:


Celebrate our nation’s heroes at famed Boston Symphony Hall on September 23, 2013 at Mission Gratitude presented by State Street, to benefit the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. Enjoy 9 innings of star-studded entertainment and a chance to honor our returning veterans and their families.

  • Less than 1% of Americans serve in the U.S. military.
  • More than 2 million men and women have served in the military since 2001 during our nation’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Approximately half deployed more than once, and many more than five times. There are more service members with families than in the past.
  • 37,000 Massachusetts men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, including National Guard and Reserve.
  • The Global War On Terror began September 11, 2001, and includes three major military combat operations:
    • OEF—Operation Enduring Freedom: Afghanistan Conflict, October 2001—Present
    • OIF—Operation Iraqi Freedom: Iraq, 2003—2010
    • OND—Operation New Dawn: Iraq, 2010 end of combat operations
  • Reserve and National Guard members represent 58% of our nation’s military, a higher percentage than in previous generations. These citizen soldiers and their families live in New England communities without a large military base. Spouses, children, siblings, and other family members need the support of important caring adults in their lives — employers, teachers, coaches, doctors, and clergy.
  • 50% of veterans will seek care in private settings, outside the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

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Join our nation in congratulating staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter as he receives the congressional Medal of Honor


It looks like we did some good after all! On Saturday, July 24th, 2010 the town of Prescott Valley , AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say:
This is something everyone in America should read. 

35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I’d laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth.  I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I’d rather speak to you as an American.

If you hadn’t noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people.

I am a proud US citizen and here is my proof. It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it, and I am very proud of it.

I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6-year-old boy could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can’t even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers,  10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.

35 years ago, I left South Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended. A t the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the US. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California . It was a miracle from God. If you haven’t heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth, I am telling you that right now. It was the freedom and the opportunities presented to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong. I finished college. You see, all you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am.

This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment. By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one-way ticket out of here. And if you didn’t know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aimed at your head. That was my experience.

In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can’t remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.

Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life. I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California . In some way and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I was here. One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don’t know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam . He smiled and said yes. I shook and held his hand. The grown man began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in my life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.

You see, America is not just a place on the map, it isn’t just a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must accept this concept, and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here.

Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can’t speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages – last I looked on the Internet, there wasn’t a Vietnamese translation of the US Constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It’s not easy, but if it’s too easy, it’s not worth doing.

Before I knew this 46-page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam Memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.

At this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask all veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all.

Quang Nguyen
Creative Director/Founder
Caddis Advertising, LLC
“God Bless America “
“One Flag, One Language, One Nation Under God”

NOTE: Quang Nguyen’s dad was VNA and both his brothers were ARVN.