Intrepid Spirt Center Ribbon Cutting
04/07/2016 04:47PM ● Published by Jennifer Gonzalez
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Fort Bragg, NC (March 31, 2016)
Representatives from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), Fort Bragg, and the Womack Army Medical Center today opened a new Intrepid Spirit center that will diagnose and treat TBI and psychological health conditions in U.S. service members at Fort Bragg, NC. The facility is the fifth 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 are operational atFort Belvoir, Virginia, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Fort Hood, TX.
Fort Bragg’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.
“Thousands of our brave men and women in uniform return from duty in the conflict zones around the world suffering from TBI and psychological health conditions. While the numbers of military personnel overseas has decreased, the continuation of regional conflicts and global terrorism means that our military must be ready for active deployment in conflicts that will continue to cause this unseen injury. Our troops volunteer; we do not draft. It is therefore our sacred duty to support them,” said Arnold Fisher, Honorary Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. “The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is leading this effort, and I implore all Americans to join this critical mission. Every cent donated from the public to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund goes directly towards building Intrepid Spirit centers.”
Fort Bragg is one of the largest military complexes in the world and the home of the U.S. Army’s airborne and special operations. The headquarters for U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command and the XVIII Airborne Corps can all be found on Fort Bragg. Womack Army Medical Center, a state-of-the-art medical complex, is an integral component of Fort Bragg’s military mission, providing care to the more than 54,000 service members stationed at Fort Bragg and their Families.
“Having an Intrepid Spirit Center on Fort Bragg is a valuable asset,” said Col. Lance Raney, commander, Womack Army Medical Center. “We care for the Soldiers, Airmen and special operators who are at the leading edge of our Nation’s defense every day. These service members deserve the best possible care. The NICoE professionals and this new facility will help us continue to provide service members with the quality care their selfless commitment and heroic service to our Nation deserves.”
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.
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. The Fort Bragg Intrepid Spirit center is the fifth to open, and a sixth is under construction.
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