Military Interest Group Participants in Run-Walk to Home Base Program
- By Sarah Ann Johnson
On Saturday, May 4th, over 2,000 runners and walkers, including hundreds of actively serving military members, gathered at Boston’s Fenway Park for the 2013 Run-Walk to Home Base.
Among the thousands of supporters were three first-year UVM COM students: Sarah Johnson, William Thompson, and Adam Burgess (at left). Second Lieutenants Johnson, Thompson, and Burgess all commissioned into the Army as Health Professions Scholarship recipients this past year. To show support and enthusiasm for the Home Base program and the service of fellow military members, Burgess ran the 9K with the Army Medicine! Boston Strong! Team, Johnson performed the National Anthem for the event, and Thompson volunteered at the finish line to cheer on those that came out to run and walk the race.
The Home Base Program’s motto is “They served us. Now we can serve them.” Over the past three years, the Home Base program has provided clinical care and support services to more than 500 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families, and educated over 6,000 clinicians throughout the United States about post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and the challenges faced by military families. Now, in its 4th year, the Run-Walk to Home Base has raised more than $9 million.