On Oct. 1, 2012, approximately 180 educators, clinicians and military representatives gathered at the Massachusetts State House for the launch of Staying Strong, an initiative of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program to support military families at home and in our school communities.
The launch was hosted by state Rep. Jerald Parisella and his wife, Lisa Parisella, military family advisors to Staying Strong. Co-hosts were the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and the Executive Office of Education. Attendees viewed the premiere of the documentary “Staying Strong: How Schools Build Resilience in Military Families.” The documentary presents the powerful story of two local military families and how the elementary school in their community has effectively supported them. The event also featured the unveiling of www.StayingStrong.org, an interactive website, hosted by Paula Rauch, MD, program director of the Home Base Family Team. The site offers practical parenting advice for military parents dealing with challenging times.
Staying Strong provides essential tools for educators, caregivers and community members who want to do more to support military families as they return following deployment. The project receives funding from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.