MCC Joins the Home Base Program to Assist Wounded Veterans

Lowell – Middlesex Community College continues to improve its special services to veterans and their families. In addition to its campus Veterans Resource Center and Veterans Advisory Board, MCC is collaborating with the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base program, which provides support and opportunities for wounded veterans.

Founded in 2009, Home Base is a partnership program designed to help local veterans deployed in support of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan who live with combat- or deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The program provides clinical care to veterans, as well as support for their families. It offers educational courses and materials for health-care providers and the public. Home Base also supports medical research in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of TBI and stress-related disorders.

Middlesex will be assisting the Home Base program by providing educational services to returning veterans and their families – helping students with coursework, enrollment and socialization issues. In exchange, Home Base is providing training to MCC faculty and staff about how to best address special issues student veterans may be facing, including health issues such as stress-related disorders and/or TBI.

Middlesex staff and students participated in a May fundraiser, the 9K Run to Home Base road race at Fenway Park that raised more than $2 million to support Home Base. And MCC student veterans and staff gathered in Boston recently to celebrate the new collaborative partnership.

For more information about MCC’s involvement in the Home Base program, contact Dennis Malvers, Dean of College Advancement, at malversd@middlsex.mass.edu or 781-280-3514.