Red Sox Help Launch Home Base Program

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Officials of The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital announced the founding of The Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program, a new philanthropic partnership for local veterans and their families, on Thursday.

The program is aimed at helping military veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The program also provides outreach and support services to the families of veterans affected by the two conditions.

Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki joined Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and MGH president Peter Slavin in announcing the new initiative. Founded and funded by the The Red Sox Foundation and  Massachusetts General Hospital, the Home Base Program is being developed in cooperation with the New England Veteran?s Administration of Boston.

The four elements of the Home Base Program include providing diagnosis and clinical care for veterans with PTSD and TBI; offering outreach and support services to families of affected veterans; conducting innovative research to deepen the understanding of these problems and develop better treatments for them; and educating community health-care providers about the diagnosis and treatment of these complex disorders.

The creators of the program were at Fenway Park on Thursday night to take part in a pregame ceremony to highlight the new partnership and announce the different facets of this important and innovative program.

Here is video of the ceremony:

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