Friday, April 20, 2012

Advocate for military families visits Home Base Program

TOUCHING BASE: From left, Michael Allard; Kathy Clair-Hayes, LICSW; Ross Zafonte, DO; Paula Rauch, MD; Slavin; Dempsey; John Parrish, MD; and Rebecca Weintraub-Brendel, MD

Diame Dempsey, wife of the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, visited the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program April 13 to learn more about its work to help Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families affected by combat stress and traumatic brain injury. Her husband, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the principal military adviser to the Obama Administration.

As both a military spouse and mother – all three of the couple’s children served in the U.S. Army, and one son is currently on active duty – Dempsey is an advocate for military families throughout the United States and all over the world. Following a morning at the Home Base clinic, she joined the Home Base clinical team and Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, for lunch.

The entire MGH community will have an opportunity to support returning veterans and their families May 20 by participating in the Run-Walk to Home Base at historic Fenway Park. To register, visit

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