State employees are fortunate to have a variety of wellness-related services available to them through the Group Insurance Commission and its providers, including discounts and resources on weight management, stress management, and smoking cessation programs, as well as a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program. However, sometimes employees may feel they need additional assistance outside of these offerings, but don’t know where to turn. This feeling can be especially common in veterans and their families, but quality, affordable help is available through a first-of-its-kind program called Home Base.
Founded in 2009 by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, Home Base provides clinical care for active service members and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) at its Boston outpatient clinic. Home Base also believes that care does not have to stop at service members and veterans; family members can be just as affected by the “invisible wounds” of war, and they need support, too. For this reason, Home Base offers counseling and stress management resources for military spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and significant others. The program was brought to my attention by Faye Mong, an employee at the Division of Professional Licensure who has benefitted from Home Base’s family counseling services. Faye now volunteers with the organization, and couldn’t be prouder to be associated with it:
“As a recipient of the guidance that Home Base provided, I found them to be the most knowledgeable and family/spouse-oriented military aid available. Everyone that helped me was an expert in their niche, whether it be neurological education, psychotherapeutic experience, or just logistical support. I never felt alone, and it was the first time I felt supported as a spouse of an enlisted member.
As a volunteer, I can vouch for their expertise. The members that collaborate to aid each military member or family member come from an incredibly wide range of education and military experience; Home Base receives civilian participation as much as military support. Those that call in can speak to a military or retired military member directly. It’s the boots-on-the-ground approach to supporting the military after they get home. I’m proud to help.”
If you are a veteran or a member of a military family and would like additional assistance in dealing with the challenges of your situation, please visit the Home Base website, and their new online tool for promoting emotional health in children of military families, Staying Strong. Appointments can also be made by calling 617-724-5202. Thanks to Home Base, veterans and military families do not have to be alone in their journey toward recovery.