Running for our heroes
Raytheon volunteers lace up in Boston to help veterans and families
Hundreds of Raytheon employees joined thousands of runners and walkers at the ballpark in Boston's Fenway for the ninth annual “Run to Home Base,” raising awareness and money to help veterans who suffer from the invisible wounds of war.
Home Base, a program operated by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, treats post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and co-occurring substance abuse through a combination of clinical care, wellness, education and research.
“I am not an avid runner and I felt really lucky to be part of something that is helping veterans get the support they need,” said Ben Beckvold, U.S. Navy veteran and student at Northeastern University - one of several student veterans who sported race bibs provided by Raytheon. "It was a great day all around."
Raytheon, a prime sponsor of the July 28 event, raised more than $94,000 for Home Base through events at 26 company sites around the world, from Massachusetts to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. More than 200 employees volunteered, ran and/or walked at the Boston race in honor of families of the fallen, sharing the unforgettable experience of crossing the finish line at home plate in Boston’s historic ballpark.
These are personal issues for some Raytheon employees who were at the event.
“My dad is a retired Marine, so respect and appreciation for our soldiers has always been instilled in me,” said Meredith Juillard, labor relations manager at Raytheon. “To run for Home Base – to raise money for the returning soldiers that need the support and to visibly show that I care about them – is the least I can do.”
The 2018 run raised more than $2.5 million for Home Base.
“My friends and family have directly benefited from Home Base’s programs,” said Ryan Pitts, financial analyst at Raytheon; it was his second Home Base run. “It’s amazing to be a part of a company that so deeply cares about service members both on and off the battlefield.”