Our Family for Families First Foundation coordinates shadow run for service members
East Greenwich, RI (May 21, 2012) – In coordination with the Red Sox Foundation and Our Family for Families First Foundation, 30 U.S. Army soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan participated in the Red Sox Foundation’s annual Run to Home Base charity event via a shadow run, the foundation announced today. The soldiers’ run, which took place several hours earlier, was telecast at Fenway Park as runners crossed the park’s home base.
“There are still so many brave men and women serving overseas and this is a great reminder that there is still work for us to do when they come home,” said John Picerne, president and CEO of Picerne Military Housing, who established Our Family for Families First Foundation in 2006. “Our company is built on the mission of improving the quality of life for our service members just as they improve ours. Supporting this great event is just another way for us to show our gratitude.”
This year marks the third Run to Home Base, which raises money to support wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 3,000 people participated in the 9K run/walk, which began and finished at Fenway Park, including 500 active duty members of the military. Our Family for Families First Foundation has been a participant in and sponsor of the race since its inception.
The event raised funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which provides clinical care and support services for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries and their families. While these injuries affect as many as 30 percent of returning veterans, help can sometimes be hard to find.
“It is important for us to remember the service members who continue to serve in Afghanistan. This is just one way we can let them know that we are always thinking about them and we recognize the great sacrifices they make to serve our country,” said Maria Montalvo, Our Family for Families First Foundation executive director.
Our Families for Families First Foundation coordinated the shadow run with Army First Lieutenant Kerry Kendall, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan and has seen first-hand the effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders on soldiers and their families. Kendall will participate in the shadow run and her sister ran at Fenway in her honor as a member of the Our Family for Families First team.
“The new generation of soldiers has been at war longer than any other American soldier, and it has taken its toll,” said Kendall. “The money raised today will allow researchers to find ways to effectively treat soldiers, and mend the relationships destroyed by war. The only way to keep the US Military as strong as we are is to keep both soldiers and their families performing at their best.”
The Our Family for Families First Foundation (http://ourfamilyforfamiliesfirst.org/) is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education, establishing a tradition of community service, and encouraging professional career paths, and has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarship funds since 2006. The Foundation was recently recognized at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Winner of the Joining Forces Community Challenge (http://joiningforces.challenge.gov/).
About the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program provides clinical care and support services to service members, veterans and families affected by combat stress, deployment stress, or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); education to clinicians and the community about the “invisible wounds of war;” and research in the understanding and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and TBI. The Home Base Program is a philanthropic partnership between the Red Sox Foundation, the award winning team charity of the Boston Red Sox, and Massachusetts General Hospital. For information about the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, visit www.homebaseprogram.org.
About Picerne Military Housing
Picerne Military Housing (www.picernemilitaryhousing.com) is a fully integrated development, construction, and property management firm founded in 1998 to provide dramatically improved housing for America’s service members and their families. Through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), Picerne is partnered with the Army in the ownership of approximately 20,000 homes at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Polk, Fort Riley, Fort Rucker and Fort Sill. Picerne will soon partner with the Air Force in the ownership of 4,000 homes at Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB, and Seymour Johnson AFB. Picerne has become the military’s premier housing partner by staying focused on its core mission of putting the needs of service members and their families first.