The Military Order of the Purple Heart Foundation Service Foundation has given a $500,000 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) to jumpstart the construction of the Fort Bragg National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite Center to treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) in returning service members. IFHF will break ground on the new center in early 2014. It is the fourth in a series of nine planned centers nationwide.
"We are struck by the immense passion of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in its mission to provide our military men and women with the medical assistance that will be critical to their lives after they have left the battlefield," said Jeff Roy, First Vice President of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation. "We wanted to do our part to make sure these centers get built as quickly as possible, as Purple Heart recipients we have firsthand knowledge into the importance of the treatment that our troops get and the care they need."
As part of the donation, the Foundation has decided that all funds raised through their text-to-donate line during January will be added to their original donation, this is where Americans interested in helping to build the center can support the effort. Text "Purple" to 20222 to give $10 directly to the Fort Bragg NICoE Satellite Center and the donation will be reflected on your next month's cell bill.
As home base to the United States Army Special Forces Command, nearly 40,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families reside in Fort Bragg. An elite segment of the U.S. Army, Special Forces has played a vital role in the War on Terror, deploying thousands to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world since September 11th.
"We are humbled by the generosity of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, representing a group of men and women who have already made enormous sacrifices for our nation," said Arnold Fisher, Honorary Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. "This center and the three that have come before it will provide the medical care that our wounded men and women need so badly – to treat the invisible wounds they will battle for the rest of their lives."
The Fort Bragg center is estimated to cost $11 million and will span 25,000 sq. ft. The centers, funded entirely by contributions raised privately through IFHF, are gifted to the Department of Defense upon completion. IFHF has already built and opened two centers, at Fort Belvoir, VA and Camp Lejeune, NC, and each has already treated hundreds of service members since opening their doors in July. A third center is currently under construction at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
All Intrepid Spirit NICoE centers are located at medical centers at military bases around the country to provide care for service members 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 their care and rehabilitation.
"We were honored to connect the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, to further the goal of raising $100 million to build these much needed centers across the country," said Bill White, CEO of Constellation Group, which was retained by IFHF to mount the fundraising effort for the centers. "These facilities will do amazing work for the men and women who have worn the cloth of our nation and sacrificed in battle."
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has provided over $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. In 2013 the Fund launched a new $100 million campaign to build nine NICoE satellite centers at major military bases around the country.
The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc." (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat and they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal.