The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) health care system is not the most efficient system in the world in many aspects. Many veterans find they have to see numerous different doctors over the course of their various treatments. Many patients feel there is very little continuity to their treatments, and that is a problem. This is especially problematic when those doctors are specialists.
The Home Base Program is different. The program works with Massachusetts General Hospital and provides free health care to veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The Boston Red Sox Foundation funds the program, hence the name.
2009 saw the beginning of the Home Base Program. They recently opened their first clinic just outside of Massachusetts General Hospital. To date, the Home Base Program has provided treatment for over 200 veterans. That number is a drop in the proverbial bucket, however, as there are approximately 12,000 veterans in Massachusetts being treated for mental health issues through the VA health care system.
The Home Base Program is designed to serve as an addition to the health care received at the VA. For those wounded veterans hesitant to deal with the VA, the Home Base Program serves as another path to take towards receiving treatment. A path of seemingly less resistance.
Many veterans feel more comfortable away from the VA. Being more comfortable seems to translate into being able to make more progress, according to some Home Base Program patients. The Home Base Program would like to focus on helping veterans who have served since 11Sep2001, but will treat any veteran free of charge.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.