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New IFHF Film Documents Breakthrough Treatment Programs and Hope for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury



With national alarm rising over Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in professional sports and the military, a new 12-minute documentary (https://vimeo.com/133748504) from Passing Lane Films tells of the remarkable breakthrough treatments for TBI at special facilities on two military bases –  Fort Campbell, KY and Camp Lejeune, NC. These centers, called "Intrepid Spirit" report over 90 percent success rates in returning TBI-suffering service members to family and career, meaning certified for full active duty. A four-minute companion film (https://vimeo.com/133747920) tells of parallel success treating strokes, Alzheimer's-like symptoms, MS, and other neurodegenerative conditions.

"The films could not launch at a more critical time," said Passing Lane Films producer, Drew Tidwell.  Last Sunday The New York Times ran a devastating front page story detailing the suicide epidemic among veterans of one Marine battalion stationed in a heavy fighting zone in Afghanistan. The week before, a PBS Frontline episode -- "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" -- reported that an alarming 87 out of 91 former NFL players who suffered repeated concussions had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

"The Passing Lane Films production tells the amazing success story of the Intrepid Spirit centers and how they have already rescued more than 3,000 TBI sufferers in our military," said David Winters, president of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Fund worked closely with the military in developing Intrepid Spirit's revolutionary combination of treatments and then designed, raised the funds for, and constructed the centers themselves, turning them over to the military to operate. He added, "The centers were designed from the ground up to produce inter-disciplinary, team-oriented rehabilitation. They employ techniques ranging from neuropsychology to acupuncture."

The films are posted:

Intrepid Spirit & TBI (12 minutes): https://vimeo.com/133748504
Intrepid Spirit & Neurodegenerative Conditions (4 minutes): https://vimeo.com/133747920

Interviews with Passing Lane Films producer Drew Tidwell and IFHF president David Winters are available on request.

In addition to the two centers featured in the film, IFHF has built a third at Fort Belvoir, VA and is currently constructing two more at Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Hood, TX. Funds are being raised now for centers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, Camp Pendleton, CA, Fort Carson, CO, and Fort Bliss (TX).

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families.