When you donate to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, you see the message that “100 percent of donations go directly to our programs.” You may have questions like, “What does this mean? How is this possible? And where does this money actually go?” Due to the generosity of our organization’s board of trustees, all administrative costs are covered. This allows IFHF to use all donations for programs that support service members suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions. But, what does this look like?
For service members suffering from these invisible wounds of war, the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation is critical. IFHF directly impacts the lives of these men and women by building treatment facilities called Intrepid Spirit centers on military bases across the country. Each Intrepid Spirit center is approximately 25,000 square feet and has a singular focus of caring for military personnel dealing with TBI and PH conditions. The long-term effects of these conditions can have a drastic impact on a service member’s everyday life – from the ability to work to interacting with his or her family. A proper and immediate diagnosis is crucial to begin the healing process. This network of centers provides the most advanced care possible and ensures the continued care of these service members who may not otherwise receive the care they need.
Since 2013, five Intrepid Spirit centers have been built in:
Two more centers are currently under construction at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington (with completion projected in 2017), and Camp Pendleton, South Carolina (with completion projected in 2018).
The Intrepid Spirit center campaign was born out of the success of two other centers – the Center for the Intrepid completed in 2007 and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) completed in 2010. The 60,000-square-foot Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas serves military personnel who are/were catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This center includes modern physical rehabilitation centers and indoor and outdoor facilities. NICoE on the Navy campus at Bethesda, Maryland addresses another need for wounded troops — the treatment of TBI.
This support is for service members and their families as they navigate these life changing conditions. The healing process at NICoE focuses not only on the body but also the mind and the spirit.
All of these centers were built with donations to IFHF. Since its beginning in 2000, the mission of IFHF has been to serve United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, as well as their families. In the words of IFHF founder Zachary Fisher, “Our nation’s greatest national resource is the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces.” Your donation supports these heroes and reaches them in a time of a desperate need.
Learn about how you can get involved by giving to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund here.