The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital are teaming up to develop a program for veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and their families who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.
In cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the new program seeks to support the men and women of New England who bravely and proudly served their country.
The event will be held at Boston Marriott Copley Place on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. to announce and celebrate a new philanthropic partnership between two well-known Boston nonprofit organizations focused on helping veterans and families.
Tom Werner, chairman, Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation will once again be leading the way. Alongside Werner will be the Hon. Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Department of Veterans Affairs, Peter L. Slavin, MD, President, MGH, John Parrish, MD, Director of the new initiative for veterans, Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor as well as veterans and their families.
“Like many Americans, I found myself frustrated with the reality that so many of our recently returning veterans and their families are facing the additional challenge of PTSD and TBI as they're transitioning to civilian life,” said Werner. “The Red Sox Foundation determined that we must find some way to use our unique position in New England to encourage those veterans to find meaningful help. We want every returning soldier, sailor or Marine who may be facing PTSD or TBI to know that Red Sox Nation respects them, cares about them and is offering a ‘Home Base’ where they and their families may find solutions that make their homecomings less challenging.”