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The Home Base Programs: For Families

We're excited to tell all of our MGHPACT website visitors about the Home Base Program

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital are joining forces to create the Home Base Program, a partnership designed to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families. Working in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Home Base Program will support and serve veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties readjusting to civilian life following deployment.

In brief, the Home Base Program will:

  • provide diagnosis and clinical care for veterans with PTSD and TBI;
  • offer much-needed outreach and support to family members of veterans;
  • expand research efforts aimed at better understanding PTSD and TBI and developing more effective treatments for these two complex disorders; and
  • educate health care providers about diagnosis, treatment, options and services for veterans and families affected by PTSD and TBI.

A wide range of ongoing research and educational programs in PTSD and TBI at Massachusetts General Hospital are already part of the new Home Base Program. Other components of the Home Base Program, including some coordinated clinical initiatives involving the MGH and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the outreach and support programs for families, are in the planning stages, with the expectation that they will open in early 2010.

To see a list of local and national resources for military and veteran families, please click here.