How did the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund begin?
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was formed in October 2000 to provide support for military personnel lost in performance of their duty. The activities of the Fund increased substantially in response to the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan following the tragic events of 9/11. In October 2003 the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established as its own 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.
Is the Fund still providing support to the families of military personnel lost in action?
The Fund is no longer providing direct support to the families of military personnel lost in action, because the death benefit and insurance support provided to them has been greatly increased with new legislation. The Fund will now direct its support to the severely wounded and their families.
Why didn’t the Government build the Center for the Intrepid or National Intrepid Center of Excellence?
The government's responsibility is to take care of the medical needs of service members and veterans. The mission of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is to support our military community, specifically those who have been catastrophically disabled. We asked the military and the VA what we could do to help, and together we came up with the idea of the physical rehabilitation center. As a non-profit organization we were able to execute the project quickly and have it available for our service members and veterans in roughly 18 months. In addition, since the Center was privately funded, it provided a way for individual Americans to personally support those who have sacrificed so much in service to our nation. Likewise, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund’s leadership will allow the new National Intrepid Center of Excellence to be ready quickly to serve our wounded warriors.
Is the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund a non-profit?
Yes. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is non-profit organization. The Fund is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Is my contribution deductible?
Yes. All contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.