Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Opens $11M Intrepid Spirit Center to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychological Conditions in America’s Wounded Warriors at Fort Hood, TX

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Joined Representatives from Fort Hood and the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Opening Ceremony

Photo credit to Erich Schlegel/AP Images for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and representatives from Fort Hood and the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center today opened a new Intrepid Spirit center that will diagnose and treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions in service members at Fort Hood, TX. The facility is the fourth in a series of nine centers located at military bases around the country built by the IFHF, a not-for-profit organization and national leader supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Intrepid Spirit centers currently are operational at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and an Intrepid Spirit center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina will open later in March 2016.

Fort Hood’s new Intrepid Spirit center cost approximately $11 million to construct and equip with the latest in brain technology and treatment facilities and spans 25,000 square feet. Funding for the project was raised privately through the IFHF.

“We are so proud to open our fourth Intrepid Spirit center at Fort Hood that will serve the brave men and women who defend our nation, and who deserve the very highest level of care for the injuries they sustained while protecting us and our freedoms,” said Arnold Fisher, Honorary Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. “It is because of our generous donors that we are able to continue our mission to give back to the members of the Armed Forces and their families. 100% of every donation we receive goes directly towards building an Intrepid Spirit center.”

Fort Hood covers 340 square miles and is home to approximately 41,000 soldiers, the largest active duty armored post in the U.S. Armed Services. It is home to two full divisions, 1st Cavalry Division and 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and also supports 12 additional units. The soldiers of Fort Hood are infantrymen, cavalrymen, and tankers. They are engineers, mechanics and health care professionals. They are the life of Fort Hood. Their training gives Fort Hood its purpose just as Camp Hood soldiers did 60 years ago. They are part of what has made Fort Hood “The Great Place” for six decades.

“The Intrepid Spirit means we will have one site integrated center that allows Soldiers to receive state-of-the-art care in a state of the art facility,” Col. Mark W. Thompson, commander, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center said.

All Intrepid Spirit centers around the country are being funded and built by the IFHF through a $100 million fundraising campaign. Though the centers are being built exclusively through private donations, each center is gifted to the Department of Defense 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 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, psychological health conditions and related injuries sustained by military personnel.

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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 close to $200 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. In 2010 the Fund opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions. In 2013 the Fund launched a new $100 million campaign to build nine “Intrepid Spirit” centers at major military bases around the country. These centers serve as satellites to the central NICoE facility and extend that care to more service members suffering TBI, PH conditions and related afflictions. Four Intrepid Spirit centers are already open and two more are under construction.


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