Fort Carson, Colorado (July 13, 2022) – The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), and Fort Carson’s Evans Army Community Hospital officially opened a new Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Carson, Colorado that will diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS) in regional active-duty service members. The facility is the ninth center located at military bases around the country built by IFHF, a not-for-profit organization and national leader in supporting the men and women of the U. S. Armed Forces and their families. Intrepid Spirit Centers currently operate at Fort Belvoir, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Bragg, NC; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Camp Pendleton, CA; and Eglin Air Force Base, FL.
Fort Carson’s new Intrepid Spirit Center, which cost approximately $13 million to construct and is equipped with the latest in brain technology and treatment facilities, spans 25,000 square feet. Funding for the project was raised privately through IFHF.
“We are extremely honored to open our ninth Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Carson in Colorado,” said General Dick Cody, USA (Ret.), Director, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. “Our military heroes, who fight to protect our freedoms, deserve the best care available. Being close to their families and having their support is essential in the recovery process. With the opening of this new facility, we are one step closer to completing our mission of building 10 Intrepid Spirit Centers around the United States.”
“This amazing new facility complete with first class providers, researches and therapists, will provide the necessary comprehensive neurological, psychological, physical, and lifestyle programs to our service members with TBI and associated health conditions, so these service members can live a happy, normal and highly productive life,” shared Colonel Edward Mandril, Evans Army Community Hospital commander. “This center, this gift from the IFHF will enable expanded healthcare capabilities for Evan’s Hospital, the Colorado Military Medical Market, and the region spanning Montana to New Mexico, and Nevada to Missouri. Fort Carson’s Intrepid Spirit Center will provide world class care in a first class center.”
All Intrepid Spirit Centers are being funded and built by IFHF through a $100 million fundraising campaign. Though the centers are being built exclusively through private donations, each center is gifted to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for operation and management upon completion. All of the centers are located at military bases around the country.
The design and mission of the Intrepid Spirit Centers are based on the original National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) which opened in 2010 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Operated by the DoD, NICoE is the most advanced facility of its kind in the country, and is the center of the Armed Forces’ efforts in researching, diagnosing and treating TBI, PTS and related injuries sustained by military personnel.
Posted on July 13 2022 in News