Home Base program brings vets, military families sailing
BOSTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Dozens of military veterans and their families enjoyed sailing on the Charles Saturday morning.
"Any day on the water is better than being in the office,” said Marcin Kunicki, the Community Boating Universal Access Director.
The Red Sox and Mass General joined forces to make the Home Base program.
If two is good. Three is better.
So they joined with Community Boating Boston, to offer a day of sailing for veterans, service members and their families.
"This is a benefit to me, I'm the one winning today. I can't complain,” said Sgt. Bryan Lett, a Marine veteran.
"This is important because it really gives military families in New England the chance to get out enjoy a recreational activity they normally wouldn't do,” said Roger Wright, Director of Veteran Outreach for the Red Sox and Mass General Hospital Home Base Program. Wright is also an Afghanistan veteran that served 8years in the Army.
"They can really get out there. Enjoy sailing on the Charles, learn new things, and the important thing is they get out there and meet new military families,” said Wright.
The program is also for the family members with loved ones serving overseas. It’s a way for them to know they're not alone.
"Let's them know there are services for them. There is support for them. And the community of Boston really does want to step up and help them out." 10:34
1:17 "you can't say no. You can't turn your back. It's one community. It's one team, one fight,” said Wright.
Wright said there’s only one thing that could make the day better, “The only thing we can have today is a Red Sox win. That would be icing on the cake."
The event is part of the home base program's summer adventure series.