The month of November is also known as Warrior Care Month! What is Warrior Care Month? In 2008, the initiative was spearheaded by then-Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates. The purpose of Warrior Care Month is to shine a light on the various programs and resources that are available to our service members who are wounded, ill, and/or injured as well as their families and those who care for/about them. Over the years, we’ve made it our mission to support our wounded military heroes wherever there is a need for increased care.
Center for the Intrepid
In 2007, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund completed construction of the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Focusing on the injuries of service members from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), CFI treats our physically wounded heroes, specifically amputee and severe burn patients, returning them to an active lifestyle. Within the 65,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility are areas for physical and occupational therapies, as well as on-site engineers who can construct and custom fit prosthetics.
National Intrepid Center of Excellence
After successfully completing the Center for the Intrepid, IFHF turned its attention to a growing need: mental health care for our service members. OIF and OEF yielded signature wounds in the form of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), at staggering rates. However, there wasn’t a designated place to research and develop treatments for these Invisible Wounds of War. Enter the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). This 72,000-square-foot facility at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD specializes in researching, diagnosing, and treating military personnel who have sustained these injuries. NICoE has gone on to become the nation’s leading resource for research into military TBI and PTS.
Intrepid Spirit Centers
Our current mission is also our most wide-spread to date. After the completion of NICoE, it became apparent that additional resources dedicated to treating the Invisible Wounds of War were necessary. While NICoE was making groundbreaking advancements in the diagnosis of these injuries, there was still a critical need for more facilities to focus on treating the men and women suffering from TBI and PTS. In an effort to continue to address this need, we’re constructing Intrepid Spirit Centers. These facilities are satellite centers to the original NICoE, and are located at military bases across the country. Each center works in tandem with NICoE to implement the latest technologies and therapies in the continued fight against The War Within. 10 Intrepid Spirit Centers in total are planned across the country. Seven centers are completed and operational and we continue to raise funds for the final three centers.
Construction for all of our centers is funded entirely by donations from the public. In observance of Warrior Care Month and the season of giving fast approaching, now is the time to show gratitude for the military heroes who put their lives on the line everyday. Donate today to help heal our heroes.
Posted on November 12 2018 in Blog