• Military leaders, Soldiers treated for traumatic brain injury, National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) representatives and representatives from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund break ground at a ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Military leaders, Soldiers treated for traumatic brain injury, National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) representatives and representatives from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund break ground at a ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the...

  • Military leaders, Soldiers treated for traumatic brain injury, National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) representatives and representatives from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund break ground at a ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Military leaders, Soldiers treated for traumatic brain injury, National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) representatives and representatives from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund break ground at a ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the...

  • Retired Gen. Richard Cody, center, the former vice chief of staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 13, 2013. The NICoE Satellite Centers are designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress. Cody joined Soldiers who have received TBI treatment, and military leaders, Gen. Robert Cone, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the senior mission commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Col. Paul R. Cordts, the commander of the Blanchfield Army Hospital, as well as fellow leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund during the ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Retired Gen. Richard Cody, center, the former vice chief of staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite...

  • Retired Gen. Richard Cody, center, the former vice chief of staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 13, 2013. The NICoE Satellite Centers are designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress. Cody joined Soldiers who have received TBI treatment, and military leaders, Gen. Robert Cone, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the senior mission commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Col. Paul R. Cordts, the commander of the Blanchfield Army Hospital, as well as fellow leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund during the ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Retired Gen. Richard Cody, center, the former vice chief of staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite...

  • General Richard Cody, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Cody explained that while the IFHF has helped raise money to build the NICoE and each satellite center, they rely on the support from America to make these centers possible. Cody joined Soldiers who have received TBI treatment, military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as fellow leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    General Richard Cody, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence...

  • General Richard Cody, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Cody explained that while the IFHF has helped raise money to build the NICoE and each satellite center, they rely on the support from America to make these centers possible. Cody joined Soldiers who have received TBI treatment, military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as fellow leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    General Richard Cody, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Trustee, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence...

  • Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Cone told the crowd of more than 200 people that this groundbreaking not only helps Soldiers, but also speaks to the dedication of the American people to reaching out to care for our military. Cone joined Soldiers who have received TBI treatment, other military leaders, including Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as fellow leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite...

  • Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Cone told the crowd of more than 200 people that this groundbreaking not only helps Soldiers, but also speaks to the dedication of the American people to reaching out to care for our military. Cone joined Soldiers who have received TBI treatment, other military leaders, including Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as fellow leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite...

  • Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Stammer shared the importance of Fort Campbell Soldiers receiving this level of care when construction on the $11 million facility, the Intrepid Spirit III, is complete in approximately one year. According to their website (www.nicoe.capmed.mil), NICoE is a DoD institute dedicated to providing cutting-edge evaluation, treatment planning, research and education for service members and their families dealing with the complex interactions of mild traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions. Stammer joined Soldiers who have received TBI treatment, other military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)...

  • Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese shares his story of traumatic brain injury and road to healing at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Domerese explained how the TBI he received in combat dramatically changed his life and altered his behavior after returning home. The treatment Domerese received at the NICoE facility in Bethesda, Md. helped him regain psychological health. Domerese joined fellow Soldiers who have also received TBI treatment, military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese shares his story of traumatic brain injury and road to healing at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers...

  • Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese shares his story of traumatic brain injury and road to healing at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Domerese explained how the TBI he received in combat dramatically changed his life and altered his behavior after returning home. The treatment Domerese received at the NICoE facility in Bethesda, Md. helped him regain psychological health. Domerese joined fellow Soldiers who have also received TBI treatment, military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese shares his story of traumatic brain injury and road to healing at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers...

  • Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese shares his story of traumatic brain injury and road to healing at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers designed to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress. Domerese explained how the TBI he received in combat dramatically changed his life and altered his behavior after returning home. The treatment Domerese received at the NICoE facility in Bethesda, Md. helped him regain psychological health. Domerese joined fellow Soldiers who have also received TBI treatment, military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, the Commanding General for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the Senior Mission Commander for the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell and Blanchfield Army Hospital Commander Col. Paul R. Cordts, as well as leaders from the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Staff Sgt. Todd Domerese shares his story of traumatic brain injury and road to healing at a groundbreaking ceremony June 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, Commanding General for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell Senior Mission Commander, joined leaders of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) at a groundbreaking ceremony here today marking the start of construction for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers. These centers are designed to diagnose and treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).

The ceremony took place one day before Flag Day, which is recognized every June 14th to commemorate the birthday of the U.S. Army and the adoption of the United States flag.

When completed, the center, named Intrepid Spirit III, will provide the most advanced diagnosis and treatment protocols for wounded, injured and ill military heroes while creating effective programs for rehabilitation and recovery.

"Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress are invisible wounds that so many of our men and women in uniform are suffering from as they return from service in Iraq and Afghanistan," said General Richard Cody, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and IFHF Trustee, who represented the Fund at the ceremony. "They struggle with injuries the rest of us cannot see, and so don't know are there, yet they are just as bad as - and sometimes worse than - the loss of a limb. We need to make every resource and method of treatment available to them to speed their recovery."

Today's groundbreaking comes one year after the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) broke ground on the first two centers, built at Camp Lejune, N.C. and Fort Belvoir, Va. All of the centers, funded and built by the IFHF, are being located at military installations and bases near medical facilities around the country. These convenient locations allow service members to receive TBI and PTS medical services without having to separate them from their units or leave their families for extended periods of treatment. This proximity to family and friends is expected to enhance service members' care and rehabilitation.

Each of the NICoE Satellite Centers is 25,000 sq. ft., and cost $11 million to construct and equip with the latest in brain technology and devices. The Intrepid Spirit III is scheduled to be completed and gifted to the Department of Defense in approximately one year.

"The National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite - Intrepid Spirit III will allow our dedicated multidisciplinary team to provide interdisciplinary, holistic, Warrior and Family Centered Care to patients with complex needs while contributing to and supporting research and education by connecting with other centers and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md," said COL Paul Cordts, Fort Campbell's U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Commander. Cordts also spoke about how the mission of the NICoE is directly aligned with the Army's Concussion and mild TBI Management Strategy to Educate, Train, Treat and Track military service members.

BG Mark Stammer, 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell Senior Mission Commander, quoted the Army Gold book saying that more than 126,000 Soldiers have been diagnosed with TBI and more than 70,000 Soldiers diagnosed with PTSD since 2003. "These service members are living with the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the American people are equipping us with the National Intrepid Center of Excellence satellite center, the Intrepid Spirit III, to provide more extensive TBI and PTS services to our Soldiers and their families. As we break ground today, we will always remember the remarkable giving spirit of the American people and the unparalleled devotion of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in making this center possible," said Stammer.

The design and mission of the Satellite Centers are based on the original NICoE, 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, PTS and related injuries and illnesses sustained by military personnel. Hundreds of American service members have received some form of diagnosis or treatment from NICoE in the past three years.

Each NICoE Satellite Center will incorporate:

* Intake/Clinic area: psychiatric testing, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, neurological-psychological testing rooms and exam rooms.
* Physical Therapy: open gym layout with physical therapy equipment including adjustable mat tables, parallel bars, treadmills, alter-G gait trainer and other therapy tools.
* Sleep Lab: one sleep room, equipped with a sleep system and ambient therapy music and a control room with a computer monitoring system.
* Central Park: a unique and multi-purpose environment to support physical therapy and family activities, with features including a therapeutic labyrinth for meditation and focusing exercises, all within a natural setting of trees, shrubs and water elements.
* Family Room: providing a reprieve space for patients and family members to spend time together while taking a break from the clinical treatment regime.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma or head injury disrupts the function of the brain. Common causes of TBI include damage caused by explosive devices, falls and vehicle or motorcycle accidents. Most reported TBI among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom service members and veterans have been traced back to Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, used extensively against Coalition Forces. Symptoms can appear immediately or in the weeks and months following the injury.

"Our American injured and wounded service members deserve the highest level of care we can give them, and we must do our duty to see that they get it," said Bill White, CEO of Constellation Group, which has been retained by IFHF to mount the $100 million fundraising effort for the centers. "These centers will do amazing work for the men and women who have worn the cloth of our nation and sacrificed in battle."

The architect for the project is SmithGroup, also responsible for designing the NICoE and the Center for the Intrepid, an advanced rehabilitation center for amputee and burn victims developed by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in San Antonio, Texas.

Editor's Note: Press Release courtesy of Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Contact Rubenstein Communications, Jody Fisher, 212-843-8296 jfisher@rubenstein.com

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