Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) builds critically-needed centers for treating United States military personnel suffering the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).
These injuries have severely impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have served selflessly in defense of our nation. To help address this urgent need, IFHF is building a series of ten specially-designed treatment facilities, called Intrepid Spirit Centers, on military bases across the nation.

These centers act as Gymnasiums For The Brain, providing service members with the most advanced care available to address the complex symptoms of TBI and PTS. Seven Intrepid Spirit Centers are open and serving America’s brave men and women in uniform. More than 90% of patients treated in the centers are able to continue on Active Duty. Three additional centers remain to be built.

The Intrepid Spirit Center program is only the latest in the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund’s almost 20-year history of assisting America’s military community. Since 2000, IFHF has provided over $200 million in support for severely wounded military personnel and families of military personnel lost in service to our nation.

Today, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is engaged in a critical program to help military personnel suffering the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress. IFHF is building a series of ten Intrepid Spirit Centers that provide the most advanced and effective care to these wounded heroes, allowing more than 90% of them to continue on Active Duty and enjoy a full life.

Family Support
From 2000 to 2005, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provided close to $20 million to families of United States and British military personnel lost in performance of their duty, most in service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Center for the Intrepid
In January 2007, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund completed construction of the Center for the Intrepid, a $55 million, world-class rehabilitation center providing treatment for service members suffering amputations, limb trauma and severe burns.

National Intrepid Center of Excellence
Following the opening of the Center for the Intrepid, IFHF turned toward another critical issue faced by our troops: Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress. In 2010, IFHF opened the $60 million National Intrepid Center of Excellence to address this vital need.

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Next Step Service Dogs

The mission of Next Step Service Dogs is to empower positive change for active duty, veterans and first responders (clients) with invisible disabilities such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the use of expertly-trained service dogs.
These amazing dogs enable the clients to take the next step forward in their lives.

Next Step Service Dogs vision is threefold:

Increase the number of service dogs that serve our men and women in uniform.
Provide job and career opportunities for our clients so that they can serve as trainers to further enhance the bonds and effectiveness of our trainer-dog-client teams.
Open Next Step Service Dogs training chapters throughout the country.

The service dogs that NSSD provides greatly improve the clients’ quality of life, independence, and the sense of being unconditionally loved, respected and protected. NSSD service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks and to work as described by the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

Standard service dog tasks include getting help, turning on lights, balance support, and retrieval. NSSD dogs are psychiatric service dogs with tasks that include helping our clients gauge dangers. The dogs also provide reassurance, which allows our clients to learn to trust and care again, and maybe smile for the first time in months or even years.

If you or someone you know to could be helped by Next Step Service Dogs, FOLLOW THIS LINK TO LEARN MORE

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