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Posted: 12/25/2008 6:57:19 PM EST
My fellow WAHTF members, I come to you asking for your help.

Over the last few years, we've had thousands of troops return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these troops are able to return with everything they left with.

Some are not so fortunate.

Many troops are facing new battles in the form of TBI, which stands for Traumatic Brain Injury. It occurs whenever a soldier is hit by or in close proximity to an IED or other explosive device.

Currently, there is an organization trying to help our soldier's who return home with TBI and other illnesses.

I ask each of you, if it is within your power, please donate what you can. They've paid the price for our freedom. Let's do something back for them in return.

Click Here For Their Website

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 under the auspices of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided more than $65 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund. 100% of contributions raised by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund go towards these programs; all administrative expenses are underwritten by the Fund’s Trustees.

From 2000 to 2005 the Fund provided close to $20 million to families of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty, mostly in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Fund provided unrestricted grants of $11,000 to each spouse and $5,000 to each dependent child; and $1,000 to parents of unmarried servicemembers. The payments were coordinated with the casualty offices of the Armed Forces, to ensure all families received these benefits. In 2005 a new law substantially increased the benefits granted to these families. With that mission therefore accomplished, the Fund redirected its support toward the severely injured.

In January 2007, the Fund completed construction of a $45 million world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The “Center for the Intrepid” serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties. The 60,000 square foot Center provides ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers. It includes state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation equipment and extensive indoor and outdoor facilities. Click here for more information on the Center for the Intrepid. The Center is co-located with two 21-room Fisher Houses that house the families of patients (www.fisherhouse.org).

Our current project, The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), will be an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health issues. NICoE will be a 72,000 square foot, two story facility located on the Navy campus at Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, with close access to the Uniformed Services University, the National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Health Administration. NICoE will be designed to provide the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI, post traumatic stress disorder, and/or complex psychological health issues. Further, NICoE will conduct research, test new protocols and provide comprehensive training and education to patients, providers and families while maintaining ongoing telehealth follow-up care across the country and throughout the world.
Link Posted: 12/25/2008 9:45:22 PM EST
Good deal. Thanks for putting this out there. TBI is a very serious issue.
Link Posted: 12/26/2008 5:26:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/26/2008 6:22:03 PM EST by libertynews]
Will do, as soon as I have a CC next to the computer.

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