Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Recieves $75,000 Donation to Support Returning Veterans with Invisible Wounds of War

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Military Mom’s BattleSaint Scarves Help Raise Money to Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress

The sale of BattleSaint Scarves go to support the mission of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

The sale of BattleSaint Scarves go to support the mission of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

We are proud to partner with BattleSaint again this year, in their effort to provide support to our military men and women who suffer the invisible wounds of war: Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund announced that it received a donation of $75,000 from the BattleSaint™ project toward its $100 million campaign to fund the construction of nine state-of-the-art NICoE (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) Satellite Centers at military bases around the country.

The BattleSaint™ project, known for its handmade wooden bracelets bearing the pictures of Saints relevant to the military, to comfort them and honor their service, began selling Afghani style cotton head scarves this year, in two colors, to raise funds for continued support of the IFHF.

The scarves are inspired by BattleSaint™ founder Cynthia LeMay’s son and nephew, both of whom shared stories about the Afghani style scarves that were popular among soldiers during their recent deployments. They described how they used the scarves to protect themselves from sand storms and tie off wounds, and even as makeshift pillows. LeMay was inspired to incorporate them into the BattleSaint project.

"We're family trying to make difference for all of the men and women who put on a uniform, went to work and made our country safer,” said Cynthia and Jim LeMay, founders of the BattleSaint project. “This Memorial Day we ask every family to go to Battlesaint.com and help support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund."

“We are proud to partner with BattleSaint again this year, in their effort to provide support to our military men and women,” said David Winters, President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. “Their contributions - $75,000 to date – go directly towards our NICoE Satellite Center campaign, which will build nine Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress diagnosis and treatment Centers around the country. These NICoE Satellite Centers, in conjunction with the central NICoE in Bethesda, MD, will help us make great strides toward helping our troops battle these invisible wounds that we are just starting to understand.”

Proceeds from the “Battle Saint™ Scarves in Combat Colors” and the BattleSaint bracelets, which have been worn by The Zac Brown Band and the actors from the HBO Series the Band of Brothers, have become part of the effort to support service members suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).

To help with this effort, IFHF is currently constructing a series of NICoE Satellite Centers, located at military bases and medical centers around the country, designed to diagnose and treat TBI and PTS for service members without having to separate them from their units or leave their families for extended periods of treatment. This proximity to family and friends is expected to enhance their care and rehabilitation.

The design and mission of the Satellite Centers are based on the original NICoE, opened in 2010 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Operated by the Department of Defense, 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. Hundreds of American Service Members have received some form of diagnosis or treatment from NICoE in the last two years.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is also currently engaged in a social media campaign, #MakeItVisible, which encourages all Americans to lend support to the NICoE Satellite Center Effort, and to learn about the invisible wounds of war, specifically Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress. Visit http://www.makeitvisible.org for more information.

About the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided over $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Fund most recently opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2013, the Fund launched a new $100 million campaign to build nine NICoE satellite centers at major military bases around the country. These satellite centers will extend the care provided at NICoE to more service members and veterans suffering TBI, PTS and related afflictions.

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