Saturday, June 16, 2012

Soldiers' Brain Injury and PTSD Treatment Centers Pledged

From Philanthropy Today

The nonprofit 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 problems.

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 centers.

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.

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