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.
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.
$5 Million will be shared by local charities–nominate your favorites today!
Here is a great chance to nominate any one of the charities that firebase116.org supports. Charities like:
Veteran Homestead, in Fitchburg. http://www.veteranhomestead.org/
New England Center for Homeless Veterans, in Boston. http://nechv.org/
Veteran Tickets Foundation – http://www.vettix.org/
These are three wonderful organizations that support our Sister and Brother Veterans that I am only suggesting. There are other great charities that you can nominate feel free to nominate the charities that you would like to see share $5,000,000. Nominate as many charities as you would like!
You Decide What Matters
The Power of Giving is in Your Hands!
We want to donate $5 million to local charities across the country—but we need your help! Here’s how it will work:
Nominations: June 12, 2012 – July 9, 2012*
First we need to find out which charities mean the most to you. That’s where you’ve got an amazing opportunity to make your voice heard. Starting June 12, 2012, we need you, our customers and employees, to tell us which local charities you want to have a chance to share in the grants. Find out more about nominating a charity.
Voting: September 6 – 19, 2012*
Then, we’ll move to a voting phase. Chase customers will get to vote for their favorite charities in 2 places. First vote here, and then again on Facebook. That means you’ll have an even bigger voice in helping to decide where the grants go. The charities with the most votes will share in $5 million in grants from Chase!
VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that’s right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, we’re here to support you.
If you are the Family Caregiver of a Veteran who was injured post-9/11, you may be eligible for additional services through VA, including a stipend, comprehensive training and medical coverage through VA if you are not already covered by a plan. Follow the link to learn more about the newest services and to see if you are currently eligible.
Caregiver Support Questions?
Have questions about VA Caregiver Support Services? Contact VA’s Caregiver Support Line: