Nic Pszenny, CPS’14, served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Kuwait for five years, during which time he wit­nessed the phys­ical and unseen affects of war on fellow vet­erans. When he returned from active duty, he was deter­mined to find a way to sup­port those in need back home in New England.

For the past few years, Pszenny and many other mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity have par­tic­i­pated in the annual Run to Home Base 9K run and 3K walk, which begins on Yawkey Way and ends at home plate in Fenway Park. The team, dubbed Huskies for Heroes, has grown each year and includes stu­dents, staff, and alumni. Twenty-​​five mem­bers will par­tic­i­pate in this year’s event, which is Sat­urday, July 19.

The fundraising event is part of the Red Sox Foun­da­tion and Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pital Home Base Pro­gram. The pro­gram sup­ports vet­erans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their fam­i­lies throughout New Eng­land to heal the invis­ible wounds of war—post-traumatic stress and trau­matic brain injury—through clin­ical care, com­mu­nity edu­ca­tion, and research. According to the pro­gram, invis­ible wounds of war affect 30 per­cent of ser­vice­mem­bers who have served in either war.

So far this year the Huskies for Heroes team has raised more than $22,000. For more infor­ma­tion and to sup­port the team, visit run​to​home​base​.org/​2​0​1​4​R​u​n​T​o​H​o​m​e​B​a​s​e​/​h4h.

Pszenny will grad­uate in Sep­tember from the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies’ bach­elor of sci­ence in lead­er­ship pro­gram. He’s also a member of Northeastern’s Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion, which pro­vides career ser­vices, advo­cacy, sup­port, and other pro­gram­ming for Northeastern’s student-​​veteran com­mu­nity. Many other SVO mem­bers are part of the Huskies for Heroes team.

Pszenny founded the team a few years ago with his girl­friend Caitlin Kre­itman, BHS’10, MS’11, and her sister, Lauren, BHS’13, both of whom were under­grad­u­ates at North­eastern at the time. He recalled watching Lauren run in the inau­gural Run to Home Base in 2009 and being thrilled to see so many people come out to lend their sup­port to the cause, from busi­ness owners and politi­cians to others vet­erans and friends and family.

It’s a great event that brings us together,” Pszenny said. “It’s not just simply about raising money to help vet­erans get treat­ment. It’s about raising aware­ness. Some of the chal­lenges vet­erans face are nat­ural reac­tions to serving in combat. They’re not broken; they’re just tran­si­tioning back into civilian life.”