FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) -- Since Sept. 11, 2001, Traumatic Brain Injury and other related health conditions, have impacted countless members of the American military.
Members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund joined with military leaders to officially dedicate the new Intrepid Spirit Center here, Monday, which is set to provide crucial treatment for returning service members.
This is the third of nine planned Intrepid Spirit Centers nationwide to be completed and opened to treat injured service members. The first two centers were dedicated last fall, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and have already provided care for 2,000 service members. Two additional centers are currently under construction at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Hood, Texas.
"The men and women in the United States military are among the best and bravest in the world -- but even the best and bravest sometimes need some help," said Arnold Fisher, honorary chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. "It is our moral obligation to take care of those who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms -- and this new Intrepid Spirit Center, along with all the others, will help us do just that. By making sure our service members have access to treatment for these invisible injuries we can offer a new hope for recovery to them and their families."
The Fort Campbell Intrepid Spirit Center began treating American military heroes and their families stationed at or living near Fort Campbell last month. The Center anticipates treating 1,300 to 1,500 patients per year.
"The Fort Campbell National Intrepid Spirit Center provides us with the state-of-the-art facility that gives our medical professionals the modern resources necessary for the care of our service men and women and their families," said Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Fort Campbell. "Their already proven success in treating patients with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress and depression has meant the vast majority of our troops have been able to return to duty. Today's ceremony represents the commitment and dedication of our nation and Fort Campbell to care for our service members."
Each of the nine centers will be 25,000 sq. ft., and are gifted by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to the Department of Defense for their use in diagnosing and treating returning service members.