Jun 15 2010
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund announced it will officially open the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a 72,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art research, diagnosis and treatment center for servicemembers and veterans with diagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions, in a ceremony held at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD on June 24, 2010.
“We are tremendously excited to open the doors to this incredible facility that will help to treat our men and women in uniform who have suffered these invisible injuries of the brain and memory,” said Arnold Fisher, Honorary Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. “Traumatic Brain Injury and psychological health conditions – largely caused by IED explosions in Iraq and Afghanistan – are the signature wounds of our current overseas conflicts in the war on terror. As Americans, it is our obligation to care for these men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our freedom.”
NICoE was funded by the generosity of the American people through a fundraising effort mounted by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides assistance to our nation’s military heroes who have been critically injured in the performance of their duty, and their families.
The funding for NICoE was topped off with a $3 million donation from legendary TV personality Bob Barker, longtime host of “The Price Is Right.” Barker, a World War II veteran himself, was motivated to action last year when he read about the economy having slowed the fundraising efforts for the center.
NICoE will feature the most advanced equipment and facilities for diagnosis and treatment. Improvements in screening, diagnosis, and treatment will be fed back out to the military and VA hospitals and medical facilities across the country. Long-term follow-up care will also be incorporated into the system plan to ensure that, once soldiers separate from the military, they do not separate from whatever continued treatment they need.