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Home Base Nation brings you discussions on thriving beyond surviving, and conversations with the civilian and military leaders of a grateful nation, who have been listening to our veterans and military families, and creating service for those who have served. Hosted by Dr. Ron Hirschberg, physician at Home Base and Mass General Brigham.

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Home Base Nation brings you discussions on thriving beyond surviving, and conversations with the civilian and military leaders of a grateful nation, who have been listening to our veterans and military families, and creating service for those who have served. Hosted by Dr. Ron Hirschberg, physician at Home Base and Mass General Brigham.

    Learning to Juggle, Learning to Lead - With Air Force Veteran and Harvard Professor of Emergency Medicine Dr. Ali Raja

    Learning to Juggle, Learning to Lead - With Air Force Veteran and Harvard Professor of Emergency Medicine Dr. Ali Raja

    In Season 7's final episode, Dr. Ron Hirschberg sits with Dr. Ali Raja, MGH's Executive Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, in his office in the heart of the Bulfinch Building at Massachusetts General Hospital, est. 1811... 159 years prior to establishing Emergency Medicine training programs in 1970. Dr. Raja's life and work are discussed, from growing up in Houston looking towards an Air Force career - a family legacy - to a journey into medicine, business, service, and leadership - while along the way juggling all the balls in the air with his eye always on the most important (and delicate) "glass ball" - his family.

    • 55 min
    Listening Back to the Women of Home Base Nation and Looking Ahead to the 2024 Run To Home Base

    Listening Back to the Women of Home Base Nation and Looking Ahead to the 2024 Run To Home Base

    Let’s rewind 5 years-back on conversations that stick with us at Home Base, with amazing women who leave a mark on service, sacrifice and leadership, and teach us how recovery and resilience become a reality. (With - 77th USS Constitution Commander Billie J. Farrell / Air Force Veteran and TAPS Founder Bonnie Carroll / Army Veteran, Author and Cancer Survivor Brandi Benson / Navy Veteran, Home Base Marathoner, and Commercial Truck Driver Yuma Haidara / Army Veteran / Army Veteran and America’s Got Talent Finalist and Singer Christal Rheams / Marine Veteran, Paralympian and Adventurer Kirstie Ennis / Army Active Duty Soldier and Tokyo 2020 Olympian Sagen Maddelana / Marine Veteran, Pilot and Founder of Dogs on Deployment Alisa Johnson). Thank You all for listening today and we hope to see you at Fenway Park on July 27th for the 15th Annual Event. And remember, you can also join us virtually from anywhere - to Run, Walk, Support and Share in a common mission to stomp stigma and address the invisible wounds of war affecting Women and Men, Children and Families of all who’ve served. Kicking off this episode with Executive Director of Home Base, US Army Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond.

    • 17 min
    Healing Invisible Wounds With The Common Language of Music - Featuring Ukrainian Hospital Medical Director and Pianist Dr. Bohdan

    Healing Invisible Wounds With The Common Language of Music - Featuring Ukrainian Hospital Medical Director and Pianist Dr. Bohdan

    In May 2024, Dr. Jarone Lee from Mass General Hospital Center for Global Health, and Global Response Medicine welcomed a Ukrainian of doctors to Boston for two weeks – to train, collaborate and build comradery for care on the frontlines. One of those physicians, Dr. Bohdan, asked if there was a piano he could play while visiting Boston. It turned out that it had been two years since he last played, which was just following the Russian invasion in February 2022. Along with colleagues at Berklee College of Music, Home Base cohosted a memorable performance and conversation about trauma and resilience in war, and how music is a common language that connects and heals people, across generations.

    • 7 min
    Not Your Average Day Job: With Two-Time Superbowl Champion and Navy Reservist Joe Cardona

    Not Your Average Day Job: With Two-Time Superbowl Champion and Navy Reservist Joe Cardona

    There are 56,254 Navy Reserves, with typical civilian jobs in law enforcement, medicine, government, and business. One day-job not commonly on the list: Pro-Football. Enter Joe Cardona, who joined the New England Patriots as the 2nd highest-drafted long snapper in NFL history in 2015, and as a Reservist heads up Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron-Eight in Newport, RI overseeing 500 sailors. As the NFL's 13th annual Salute To Service Award recipient, Joe talks about teammates and brotherhood, service, getting the mental health you need, and what leadership means both on and off the football field.

    • 42 min
    Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis honored at National Memorial Day Concert / The Invisible and Visible Wounds in Ukraine - With Yuliia Matvieieva: VP of Medical and Veteran Affairs at Volia Fund

    Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis honored at National Memorial Day Concert / The Invisible and Visible Wounds in Ukraine - With Yuliia Matvieieva: VP of Medical and Veteran Affairs at Volia Fund

    The National Memorial Day Concert features Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis and others and a conversation with Yuliia Matvieieva, working with Ukrainian Veteran Amputees on mental and physical health - Nearly 60,000 people have lost limbs over the the past two years since the Russian envarion of Ukraine in February 2022, the vast majority being servicemembers. Yuliia came to Home Base during a two week Ukrainian physician visit to MGH, a collaboration with Global Response Medicine, the W.H.O. and our colleague at MGH Center for Global Health, Dr. Jarone Lee. Yuliia finished medical school in Ukraine in 2013, and has been in the US for the past 8 years – now focusing on the mental and physical health for this massive group of veterans with limb loss. Yuliia and Ron sat for a conversation about life before the War in 2014, and how the Big War in 2022 changed everything. As a military-mental health specialist, she runs peer support for Ukrainian veteran amputees with non-profit Volia Fund, who’s mission is the protect and boost wellbeing in Ukraine.

    • 33 min
    Crossing Your Own Ocean - With Army Veteran Bryan Fuller and Dr. John Lowry

    Crossing Your Own Ocean - With Army Veteran Bryan Fuller and Dr. John Lowry

    Bryan Fuller and John Lowry met in kindergarten on the north shore of Massachusetts in 1974. They were living the adventurous life back in elementary school, getting home just before dark – most of the time. After rooming together at UMass-Amherst, John’s path would eventually lead to medicine and Bryan to Army intelligence during the Bosnian War.
    It’s now been 50 years since these two buddies met - and along with Klara Anstey from Wales and Elizabeth Gilmore from Virginia, they are about to venture across the Atlantic Ocean on the first fully human-powered boat traveling from Boston to London... on June 1, launching from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital just up stream from Home Base. Join them for a conversation with Dr. Ron Hirschberg at Home Base Program for Veterans and Family Care, on supporting the care of the invisible and visible wounds - and crossing one's own ocean.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

Mando Dez ,

A must follow for anyone in the Veteran community!

Phenomenal podcast! Great guest speakers who are skillfully interviewed by the host. Semper Fi!

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Chef RI

What a great episode with my fave Chef! Kudos to Stop and Shop for helping our heroes too. I need to see Restaurant Impossible Back In Business! Thank you!!

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Shaggy

Dr. Hirschberg’s interview of Shaggy was terrific. The music selection and placement was spot on.

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