Members of the armed forces aren't necessarily out of danger when they return home from active duty. Many suffer from traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions that, when left untreated, can have devastating impacts on their lives and the lives of their families. In this video, David Winters, president of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), explains how the national non-profit organization makes a difference with the help of public donations.
"It's crucial that we provide support to the men and women of the armed forces who suffer from traumatic brain injury," says Winters. "They answered our nation's call, and when they return and need help, our nation owes it to them to provide that help."
The IFHF built a facility called the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, or NICoE, at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in 2010. It's now the military's lead facility for researching brain injuries and psychological health conditions.
Today, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is engaged in building a series of centers called Intrepid Spirit Centers at major military hospitals around the country. Each will act as a satellite to NICoE, and depends upon funds from everyday Americans, corporations and foundations to get off the ground.
"We have a wonderful partnership with NAPA," says Winters. "NAPA is known for being a great supporter of the men and women of the armed forces. What NAPA does is beyond just providing corporate support. They allow their customers their suppliers their vendors to become involved in the effort and we are extremely grateful to NAPA for bringing this program to us."
To learn more about the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund or make a donation, visit FallenHeroesFund.org.