IFHF History
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 to provide financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty.  This continued an effort begun in 1982 by the late Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, founders of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Fisher House Foundation.  For many years, the Fisher had made very generous personal contributions to families of military personnel lost in performance of their duty.

Following Zachary’s passing in 1999, his nephews Arnold Fisher, Richard L. Fisher and Tony Fisher took on this effort and personally funded continuing contributions to military families. Following September 11 and the onset of military operations in Afghanistan at the end of 2001, the Fishers determined that all Americans should join in this effort to support the families of our fallen heroes. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was then established as a program of the Intrepid Museum Foundation. In October 2003, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Since then, the Fund has successfully executed several major programs providing substantial support to the military community:
Today the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is building a series of Intrepid Spirit centers that will further enhance the provision of traumatic brain injury and psychological health care for America’s wounded heroes.  These Centers will extend the care currently provided at NICoE out to the home bases of many of the troops suffering the effects of these injuries.  Treatment and results data from these centers will be transmitted back to NICoE to aid in its ongoing research program, further improving detection, diagnosis and treatment of TBI and psychological health conditions.