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The Strength Behind The Strong was founded by Christine Hofmann-Bourque, who is proud to have a husband in the Army, three brothers in the Navy and Army, and a sister-in-law in the Army. Christine is also a professional journalist. Read our first post to find out why this website is so close to her heart. More >>

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Red Sox “Run to Home Base”: A 9K to support veterans with PTSD and TBI

June 2010 update: A big “thank you” to everyone who helped us raise $1,410 for the Home Base Program.  

You don’t have to be a Red Sox fan to root, root, root for Boston this Sunday, May 23. That’s when the charitable Red Sox Foundation is hosting a Run to Home Base 9K to benefit the new Home Base Program. This critical program supports soldiers who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Screnshot of the front page of the Red Sox Home Base website.Let's race! This Sunday's Run to Home Base 9K finishes at Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. It's a fundraiser for the new Home Base Program, which supports veterans with PTSD and TBI — and their families.

If you have a loved one who is suffering with PTSD or TBI, you know that these invisible wounds affect not only the serviceman or servicewoman, but also their families and friends. That is why more than 2,000 runners (including me) raised a minimum of $1,000 each for the Home Base Program. To learn more — and to get help if you need it — head over to the Home Base Program website. For details about the run (or walk/jog, in my case), check out my Run to Home Base webpage. Next up on my race-preparation list is deciding what message to put on my shirt. Suggestions are welcome!


Adopt an MP Update: All boots are on the ground in Iraq

Our adopted soldiers from the 108th MP Company (ABN/AASLT) are officially in Iraq. The countdown until they come home can begin! Our terrific group of volunteers will be sending out their first letters this week. Hooah! We still have 14 soldiers waiting to be adopted. If you are interested, please join us and Adopt an MP. Straight from Iraq, here is a picture of their “new” command post. Stay tuned for more updates.

Photograph of a pale yellow corrugated metal shack, which looks somewhat trailer-like. It has small windows and is rusty in places. From the Iraq command post of the 108th MP Company from Fort Bragg, it's been 90 degrees and humid this week. The building is small: 15 x 30 feet.