NORTH READING — Chief Michael Murphy announces that the North Reading Police Department is once again participating in the Home Base No Shave initiative to benefit veterans and their families.
Officers can be exempted from the North Reading Police Department’s facial hair restrictions during the month of November once they donate $100 to Home Base and work to raise awareness in support of Home Base’s mission of assisting veterans and their families in healing from invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
“Veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for all of us, the least we can do is work to support them as they face the invisible wounds suffered in our defense,” said Chief Murphy. “I am proud that the North Reading Police Department is committed to supporting our veterans, and I applaud our officers for participating in this initiative.”
Home Base No Shave, which was formerly known as No Shave November, was created in 2015. It has raised more than $1.2 million to date to fund critical mental health and brain injury care. More than 130 police departments across the country, representing more than 2,500 first responders, have participated.
About Home Base:
Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital initiative, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for veterans of all eras, service members, military families and families of fallen soldiers through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.
Since its inception, Home Base has provided care and support to more than 21,000 veterans and family members and trained more than 73,000 clinicians, educators, first responders and community members — all at no cost to those individuals.
For more information, visit www.homebase.org.