From Philanthropy Today
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund will unveil a plan to raise
$100-million dollars to construct state-of-the-art treatment centers
around the country that cater to service members suffering from brain
injuries and psychological disorders today, states The New York Times.
“The signature wounds of these wars are traumatic brain injury and
post-traumatic stress,” said Arnold Fisher, honorary chairman of the
fund and patriarch of the New York development family that started it.
“And to this day, we are not treating these people well.”
It is estimated that one in five service members returns from duty
with those disorders, say experts. With these new centers, the Pentagon
will be able to expand and update its treatment of mental-health
So far, the Intrepid fund has raised $25 million. Construction will
begin this month on two centers, Fort Belvoir, an Army base in Virginia,
and the Marines’ Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Mr. Fisher says it
will easily raise the remaining $75 million to construct seven other
The treatment centers will function as satellite clinics for the
military’s center for brain injuries, the National Intrepid Center of
Excellence, in Bethesda, Md., which was also built by the Intrepid fund.
Once completed, the military will staff and operate all the facilities.
Mr. Fisher intends to complete construction on all nine facilities
within two years.