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. 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.
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) in Maryland 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.
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. The Fund will build up to nine "Intrepid Spirit" Centers 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.
The NICoE Satellite Centers will be of smaller scale than NICoE and will focus on diagnosis and treatment. The first three Intrepid Spirit centers at Fort, Belvoir, Virginia, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Fort Campbell, Kentucky are now operational with two additional centers underway at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Hood, Texas. At approximately 25,000 square feet, each center has a construction budget of approximately $11 million. Over $45 million has been raised to date and raising the remaining $60 million will guarantee that the remaining centers can be built and put into operation to support our wounded heroes in uniform.
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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