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: http://www.missiongratitude.com/about/
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.
To read more about Mission Gratitude please visit: http://www.missiongratitude.com/acts/
Join our nation in congratulating staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter as he receives the congressional Medal of Honor http://t.co/YJ93mejJwd