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Charity Spotlight: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
Mission: The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families. Supporting these heroes helps repay the debt all Americans owe them for the sacrifices they have made. They are, in the words of our founder, the late Zachary Fisher, “our nation’s greatest national resource,” and they deserve all the help that our nation can provide. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in meeting this important national mission.
Why we chose the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund:
Hundreds of thousands of military personnel have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the past decade, many as a result of combat injury. TBI and psychological health (PH) conditions can have long-term and sometimes severe effects on service members’ lives, affecting their ability to work, manage basic living tasks, and even interact with their own families. Depression, inability to work or live normal lives, and more tragic consequences including suicide can result. Proper and immediate diagnosis and early treatment are crucial to addressing this vital need among America’s military personnel and veterans.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is addressing this critical challenge. Following the 2010 opening of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), the Department of Defense’s premiere facility for addressing these injuries, the Fund launched its current effort: building “Intrepid Spirit” centers to serve as satellites to NICoE and extend the care provided there out to the home bases of many of the troops suffering the effects of TBI and PH conditions.
Each Intrepid Spirit center is approximately 25,000 square feet and costs approximately $11 million to build and equip. While much of the operation at the NICoE facility involves research about TBI and PH conditions, these new Intrepid Spirit centers focus on diagnosis and treatment. The network of Intrepid Spirit centers will provide the most advanced care possible to returning military personnel suffering from TBI and PH conditions.