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Members of the military hit the slopes

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WARREN, Vt. -

It was some quality family time for the Singer family and their "extended" family at Sugarbush Sunday.

Military Veteran Mitchell Singer said, "I think it is a great opportunity, getting together with other veterans, combining stories with what you have gone through and hearing what other people have to say."

About five dozen veterans and their families from all over New England enjoyed a free day on the slopes - courtesy of the Home Base Program and the ski resort.

Thomas Furlong of the Home Base Program commented, "The point of the program is to reduce all barriers to care."

The program is a partnership between The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital to provide clinical care and support services to war veterans suffering from the "invisible wounds of war" - like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"When you come home from the deployment, you may still have that combat mindset, a lot of veterans come home and feel detached from others." adds Furlong.

Mitchell Singer was in the Navy for eight years and served in the Gulf War. His wife, Laurie Stinger, recalled some of the difficulties the family had when her husband tried to integrate back into the family's lifestyle.

"We moved during his deployment, and he came home and he moved the silverware, and I couldn't find it, simple things that may seem funny, but when you are living in a place for months and now you can't find it because he didn't like where it was placed." said Mrs. Singer.

The Home Base program has served 160 veterans across New England since 2009. They say Adventure activities like this one at Sugarbush are important to a soldier's mindset.

"Fun events for veterans and their families, get out in the community and try something new." said Furlong.

The Singers say they have overcome the challenges - but enrolled in the program to help others who are struggling.

"We've gone through the whole scenario, so now it's my turn to pass it on tot he next family to help them with the struggles." said Mitchell Singer.

To learn more about the Home Base Program click on the link below.

www.homebaseprogram.org 

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