“I am a consumer of the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio. I experienced outstanding rehabilitation as an amputee and believe I would not be at my fullest potential today if it were not for the resources that were afforded me there.”
- HM Derek McGinnis, USN (Ret.)
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has constructed a world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility for wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Center for the Intrepid (CFI) is an advanced outpatient rehabilitation center which blends therapy, simulation, and extreme sports. It is the ultimate joint venture between the American people and the armed forces. Funded through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund by donations from over 600,000 Americans, the facility is now an integral part of Brooke Army Medical Center and the staff falls under the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Although built with private dollars, the Army now funds the center’s day-to-day operations.
The goal of the care provided at CFI is to maximize the potential of wounded warriors whether or not they choose to remain on active duty or return to civilian life. CFI offers the full spectrum of outpatient care for amputees, burn patients, and limb salvage patients. The three missions of CFI include patient care, education and training, and research.
In addition to the advanced upper and lower extremity prosthetics fitted and fabricated directly within CFI, a relatively new brace - the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) is vital component of the care provided to patients who have sustained functional damage to a limb but have not sustained an amputation. This revolutionary brace is changing the lives of many servicemembers.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund raised $45 million for constructing CFI and in the Fall of 2007, The Honorable George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, visited the Center for a behind-the-scenes tour and meet and greet with some of the service members being treated there. "The Center is a tribute to the generosity of the American people," he said. "Make no mistake about it - the American people support the men and women who wear our nation's uniform. The Center is a testament to our deep belief that someone wounded in defense of America needs all the help that he or she can get."