A score of North­eastern stu­dents, staff, and alumni plan to par­tic­i­pate in a nine-​​kilometer fundraising run on Sat­urday morning in sup­port of the Red Sox Foun­da­tion and Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pital Home Base Program.

The pro­gram serves vet­erans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffer from combat stress and trau­matic brain injury. According to the program’s lit­er­a­ture, invis­ible wounds of war affect 30 per­cent of sol­diers who have served in either country.

The race—dubbed the 2013 Run-​​​​Walk to Home Base—starts on Yawkey Way and fin­ishes in Fenway Park at home plate.

Student-​​veteran Nic Pszenny orga­nized Northeastern’s fundraising effort. He founded the Huskies for Heroes team, which has raised more than $26,000, qua­dru­pling last year’s total. The team raised $8,000 by auc­tioning off com­mem­o­ra­tive cam­ou­flage jer­seys and socks worn my mem­bers of the men’s hockey team on Vet­erans Day weekend.

I am very happy that people stepped up to par­tic­i­pate,” said Pszenny, a grad­u­ating senior studying lead­er­ship through the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies. The Home Base pro­gram, he added, is “leading the charge” in treating wounded vet­erans with post-​​traumatic stress and trau­matic brain injury.

Andrew McCarty, an Air Force vet­eran and Northeastern’s vet­eran ser­vices spe­cialist, agreed with Pszenny’s assess­ment of the program’s value. “I cer­tainly have turned to the Home Base Pro­gram for help with par­tic­ular issues,” he said. “It is good to know that there is an orga­ni­za­tion out there that is ded­i­cated to helping this spe­cific population.”

The Boston Marathon bomb­ings have enhanced the sig­nif­i­cance of this year’s run, according to both Pszenny and McCarty, who plan on par­tic­i­pating in the five-​​and-​​a-​​half-​​mile event. In honor of the vic­tims of the twin bomb­ings, every member of the Huskies for Heroes team will wear a ribbon inscribed with the date of the attack.

This will be the first big run­ning event in the city fol­lowing the bomb­ings,” Pszenny said. He noted that two North­eastern student-​​veterans par­tic­i­pating in Saturday’s run also ran the marathon, saying, “It will be emo­tional for a lot of people.”

Added McCarty: “This is another way for the Boston com­mu­nity to come together. It will be healing and invigorating.”

The North­eastern stu­dent veteran’s com­mu­nity is already very close—and well respected. At the begin­ning of the year, the Stu­dent Vet­erans of America rec­og­nized Northeastern’s Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion as its top chapter in the United States.

North­eastern, for its part, has devel­oped a strong com­mit­ment to edu­cating stu­dent vet­erans through the fed­eral government’s Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram, which cur­rently pro­vides free tuition to more than 130 vet­erans who have served in the post-​​​​9/​​11 era. In 2009, the uni­ver­sity pledged $2 mil­lion to help vet­erans earn a col­lege edu­ca­tion through the pro­gram, which offers stu­dents access to bachelor’s, master’s, doc­toral, and law degrees.

McCarty said stu­dent vet­erans bring a unique world­view to the North­eastern com­mu­nity, owing to their vast inter­na­tional and cul­tural expe­ri­ences. “Stu­dent vet­erans tend to be leaders within the orga­ni­za­tions they join,” he explained.