Fort Hood: Intrepid Spirit Center opens
By Jessica Thompson for KWTX
FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Fort Hood soldiers and veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other psychological conditions are now able to get more help they need.
Local leaders, Fort Hood officials, and medical staff from Carl R. Darnall Medical Center gathered Wednesday for the official dedication of the Intrepid Spirit Center.
Former Governor Rick Perry was also on hand for the dedication.
The $11 million facility is the fourth in a series of nine centers created on military installations around the country by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Equipped with the latest brain technology gear, the facility will be able to serve around 200 soldiers at a time.
Retired Sgt. Maj. Arnold Fisher, who serves as honorary chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, is hoping that the new facility will be able to help combat the high rates of suicides among veterans and active duty soldiers.
"About 22 veterans a day shoot themselves or kill themselves and 360 active duty soldiers kill themselves. That's got to stop," he said. "We can't allow that to happen."