Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund do?

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is helping military personnel suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) by building a series of facilities, called “Intrepid Spirit Centers” in which these injuries can be diagnosed and treated.  Hundreds of thousands of military personnel have been diagnosed with TBI or PTS and the Intrepid Spirit centers provide the best possible care for these heroes in uniform.

Does the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provide grants or individual financial support to military personnel?

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund does not provide grants or other payments to individuals or organizations.  The Fund’s sole program is building treatment centers for military personnel suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions.  The Fund’s initial program involved providing grants to families of military personnel lost in performance of their duty, but in 2005 the federal government substantially increased its support for these families, and the Fund then shifted its mission to supporting our nation’s wounded heroes.  More information on the previous grant program can be found here.

Where are the centers located?

The central National Intrepid Center of Excellence, opened in 2010, is located in Bethesda, Maryland on the grounds of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The following Intrepid Spirit centers are open and treating patients:

  • Fort Belvoir, Virginia
  • Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Fort Hood, Texas
  • Camp Pendleton, California
  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Additional centers will be built as sufficient funds are raised for the construction of each.

Why isn’t the Government building these centers?

The government’s responsibility is to take care of the medical needs of service members. The mission of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is to support our military community, now specifically those who are suffering from traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions. The Fund’s leadership met with officials from the military and the VA to determine what we could do to help and together developed the concept for our centers. As a non-profit organization the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is able to build the centers and have them available to begin treatment quickly. In addition, since the centers are privately funded, they provide a way for individual Americans to personally support those who have sacrificed so much in service to our nation.

What percentage of my donation goes to programming and how much goes to administrative costs?

100% of all donations received from the public goes to support building new Intrepid Spirit centers; all the administrative costs of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund are underwritten by the Fund’s Board of Directors.

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.

Will I receive an acknowledgement letter for my donation?

All donations are acknowledged to the contributor, no matter the amount.

What is the Fund's Federal Tax Identification Number?

The Federal ID number is 20-0366717

Can I donate to the Fund through The Combined Federal Campaign?

Yes. We are listed as the Armed Forces Family Survivors Fund (CFC ID# 11333)

Can I donate stock to the Fund? What donor value will I receive for my donated stock?

Yes. Stock can be donated to the Fund and all wiring instructions can be found here.

Your donor acknowledgement letter will show the average of the high and low values of your stock on the day that it is received in our account.

Can I donate my used vehicle to the Fund?

Yes. IFHF is registered with the Vehicle Donation to Any Charity (VDAC) program. VDAC arranges for the vehicle to be picked up, detailed and auctioned. VDAC will provide the donor will all the necessary paperwork for tax purposes. The proceeds that VDAC gets from the auction of the vehicle, less fees and auction costs, are sent to the Fund. Please visit the link here to learn how to make a donation.

How can I get my employer to match my donation?

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, click here.

Is there a local chapter that my group can volunteer at or that can attend my event?

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is headquartered in New York City and does not have local chapters in other areas.  The Fund’s efforts are focused solely on raising funds and building the individual Intrepid Spirit centers, therefore regional offices are not needed.

Host your own fundraising initiative to support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

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