Red Sox program Home Base nets service award

Red Sox program Home Base nets service award

BOSTON -- The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital's Home Base program was presented with the Distinguished Public Service Award by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus before Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Orioles.

The award, which was established in 1951, recognizes outstanding service of substantial and long-term benefits to the Navy and Marine Corps. It is the highest recognition a civilian organization can receive from the Navy.

Home Base executive director Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond, chief operating officer Michael Allard, clinical leaders Dr. Peg Harvey and Dr. Louis Chow and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner accepted the award.

Home Base works to heal the invisible wounds of war for Sept. 11 veterans, service members and their families through clinical care, wellness, education and research.

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"To have Home Base recognized with this distinctive award is a testament to the important work being carried out by the clinicians and physicians who tackle the challenges faced by our veterans returning from war and their families," Werner said. "This program truly saves lives, and we are pleased to be recognized with this high honor by the Navy and Secretary Mabus."

Since its inception, Home Base has provided care and support for more than 9,000 veterans and service members, as well as their families. Those numbers will grow with the 2016 addition of Home Base's two-week, intensive clinical program open to veterans nationwide.

The 2016 Run to Home Base will take place on July 23 and will help raise funds for the clinical care provided to veterans and their families at the Home Base clinic. To find more information or register to run, visit www.runtohomebase.org/race-info.

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.