The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established officially as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003. Through 2005, the Fund provided close to $20 million to families of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty, mostly in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. All payments were coordinated with the casualty offices of the Armed Forces, to ensure that all families received these benefits. In 2005 federal legislation substantially increased the benefits granted to these families. With the needs of these families now being supported much more substantially, the Fund turned to the next area of the military community needing help: our wounded warriors.
Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio Texa
In January 2007 after only 16 months of fundraising and the generous support of over 600,000 Americans, the Fund completed construction of the Center for the Intrepid, a $55 million world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. This Center serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duty. The 60,000 square foot Center provides ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers. It includes state-of-the-art physical equipment and extensive indoor and outdoor facilities. The Center is co-located with two 21-room Fisher Houses that house the families of patients.
Following completion of the Center for the Intrepid, the Fund turned toward another critical issue faced by our wounded troops: the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) is now complete and was officially turned over to the Department of Defense in a ceremony on June 24, 2010. NICoE is an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health issues. A 72,000 square foot, two-story facility located on the Navy campus at Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, NICoE is designed to provide the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI, post traumatic stress, and/or complex psychological health issues. Further, NICoE will conduct research, test new protocols and provide comprehensive training and education to patients, providers and families while maintaining ongoing follow-up care across the country and throughout the world.
After completing construction of and opening the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund worked closely with military leadership to determine how best to further expand care to our wounded heroes in uniform suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other afflictions. This led to the Fund’s newest effort: designing and building additional centers that will serve as satellites to NICoE and located at some of the major military bases around the country. These NICoE Satellite Centers will extend the care currently provided at NICoE out to the home bases of many of the troops suffering the effects of TBI and related injuries. Data from these centers will be transmitted back to NICoE and aid its ongoing research program, helping to improve detection, diagnosis and treatment. Secondarily, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund will also provide financial support for research efforts at these facilities and at NICoE.
The NICoE Satellite Centers will be of smaller scale than NICoE and will focus on diagnosis and treatment. The Centers may be built as independent stand-alone structures or may be incorporated into existing structures, depending on the conditions at each base at which the Centers are built. There are two Spirit Centers presently operational. Those Satellite Centers are located at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The third Intrepid Spirit, treatment center at Fort Campbell Kentucky is nearing completion. There are nine centers planned.
For more information on Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund please visit their website at www.fallenheroesfund.org.
NICoE Satellite Center rendering. This is one of ten new treatment centers that will constructed across the USA to treat our Troops.
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