Wounded Warrior Project Awards $65 Million for Veterans' 'Home Base'

Wounded Warrior Project Awards $65 Million for Veterans' 'Home Base'

Home Base, a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, has announced a $65 million grant from the Wounded Warrior Project in support of mental health care for military veterans and their family members.

The commitment — $3 million for a capital campaign to establish a National Center of Excellence in the Charlestown Navy Yard and $62 million to Mass General to expand its clinical services — will fund Home Base's continued participation in the Warrior Care Network, which connects wounded veterans and their families to high-quality individualized mental health care. As a founding member of the network — which was launched by WWP in 2015  in partnership with Operation Mend at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program at Emory University in Atlanta; and the Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago — Home Base created an Intensive Clinical Program (ICP) that provides a year's worth of treatment in two weeks to veterans and their families at no cost, including support, lodging, transportation, and meals.

Established in 2009, Home Base is a private-sector program focused on healing the invisible wounds of veterans and families through a combination of wrap-around, individualized care; evidence-based behavioral treatment, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, complementary alternative medicine, nutrition, and mindfulness training; and family support. The program also offers a dual diagnosis intensive outpatient clinic for veterans struggling with opioid and addiction challenges, as well as a weekend intensive clinical program.

"We have an amazing team here at Home Base and they are saving lives every day. They truly provide hope to men and women who have lost theirs," said retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond, the organization's executive director. "Our Intensive Clinical Program has served veterans and family members from forty-two states over the past three years. This new, significant gift is transformative; it will allow us to double the number of veterans and family members we care for while expanding our treatment programs for brain injuries and mental health."

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