LITTLETON, MA (December 6, 2022) – Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation celebrated the capstone of their 2022 partnership with Home Base by being the presenting sponsor of the Home Base Veterans Day Dinner. Nearly $400,000 was raised on Saturday, November 12 to help support veterans, active duty service members, and their families recover from the unseen effects of war.
The Foundation maintains an ongoing partnership with Home Base with the goal of improving veteran lives. Home Base, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Red Sox, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for veterans, service members, and their families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research.
Speakers at the dinner included General (ret.) Richard D. Clarke, who said he sees the results of Home Base’s effectiveness every day. He said, “There are tens of thousands of groups that say that they have stood up to help veterans. I would say there’s about five percent of those that are effective, but I tell you, there’s about one percent like Home Base making extraordinary differences.”
Home Base treats active duty special operations forces (SOF) members as part of their Comprehensive Brain Health and Trauma Program, where some are eventually diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after, in some cases, being repeatedly told that they have nothing wrong with them. Home Base provides specialized clinical care to these active duty SOF members using the funds raised from events like the Veterans Day Dinner and other fundraising efforts of donors such as Hanscom FCU Charitable Foundation. Gen. Clarke made Home Base’s impact on SOF members clear when he said, “Home Base saves lives. It has saved the lives of our special operators and made them better.”
Supporting our nation’s veterans, service members, and their families is a major component of the Foundation’s giving, and it’s also what Hanscom FCU does through its mission of being the trusted advisor that people turn to for unbiased financial guidance. “Our veterans step into a deadly separation gap when they leave the military, and it’s within this gap these men and women meet their greatest challenges, their greatest dangers,” said Peter Rice, Hanscom FCU’s President/CEO. “However, it’s within this gap that we can honor our debt to veterans. At Hanscom FCU, we’re in that gap with them, every day, providing access to financial wellness so they’re able to focus on their physical and mental wellness.”
Photo credit (l to r): Hanscom FCU Chief Strategy Officer Dan Ziniti, General (ret.) Richard D. Clarke, Hanscom FCU President/CEO Peter Rice, and Hanscom FCU Social Responsibility Manager Laura Mooney at the Home Base Dinner.