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.

Follow This Link to learn more about The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

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156th Airlift Wing Welcomes Home Fallen Airmen

The 156th Airlift Wing held a Dignified Arrival here for eight of the nine fallen Airmen who perished in a WC-130 Hercules crash in Georgia earlier this month.

A Dignified Arrival is a solemn event whereby the remains of fallen service members are returned to their family.

Maj. José “JR” Román, an instructor and evaluation pilot, Maj. Carlos “Dulzura” Pérez-Serra, a master navigator and chief of weapons and tactics evaluator, Senior Master Sgt. Jan A. Paravisini-Ruiz, a maintenance management analyst, Master Sgt. Mario “Sulli” Braña, a flight engineer, Master Sgt. Eric “Quillo” Circuns, a senior evaluator loadmaster, Senior Master Sgt. Victor “Vitin” Colón, an aircrew flight equipment craftsman, Master Sgt. Jean M. “Audi” Audiffred Rivera, an aircraft maintenance craftsman and flying crew chief, and Senior Airman Roberto Espada, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, were returned to Puerto Rico with military honors.

Col. Raymond Figueroa, commander of the 156th Airlift Wing, said the Dignified Arrival honored their service and sacrifice to their nation and their island.

“While our military traditions show our brothers the respect they deserve, no ceremony will ever heal the wounds of losing these beloved husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, nephews, cousins and friends,” Figueroa said. “These Airmen are now back on their native land.”

He added, “Son Boricua, son Bucaneros, they will be forever in our memories.”

Which is translated to mean “they are Puerto Ricans, they are Buccaneers, they will be forever in our memories.”

First Lt. David “Lani” Albandoz, a co-pilot, will return to Alabama with military honors.

All nine will be laid to rest in the coming days.

05.18.2018
Story by Staff Sgt. Julio Olivencia Jr
156th Airlift Wing
MUÑIZ AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Puerto Rico

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I Fought For You

I Fought For You

A moving, patriotic tribute to our military, past and present.
Thank you for your service!
This video was produced by “The Sound Tank”.

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PGR Mission Alert: Veteran’s Honor Picnic

Veteran’s Honor Picnic
USA, USN, USMC, USCG, USAF
Goodyear, Arizona – 26 May 2018

ABOUT THE MISSION:
The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to stand a flag line and share our song at a special picnic to honor veterans in Goodyear, AZ. We accept this mission with honor and respect.
We will be honoring veterans residing in Goodyear, many from a local retirement area. Residents will be attending a special picnic and program to honor those who have served our nation with honor. We will stand a flag line as they arrive, have our circle of honor, and then depart. It will also be a time to encourage and show appreciation to these men and women.
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 26 May 2018
Primary Staging Time: 9:30 A.M.
The Groves
2655 N Pebble Creek Pkwy
Goodyear, Arizona – 85395
Ride Captain: Dan Lazear

Special Instructions:
Briefing Time: 10:00 A.M.
Note: This will be a short briefing for PGR members to review the mission before we set up the flag line as soon as this short briefing is done.At 10:30 A.M. we will do the Circle of Honor and have the pledge, song, and prayer with residents and others attending. Following the Circle of Honor this mission will be completed.
Flags & Water:
Flags Will Be Provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.
Submitted By: Bill Wooster
Position: Assistant State Captain

Note:
You do not have to own/ride a motorcycle or be a Veteran to join and membership is Free. The only requirement is RESPECT! To join, simply go to www.PatriotGuard.org and click on Register. Membership is Free.

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Army and Air Force Exchange Service

In the six months since the Army & Air Force Exchange Service officially expanded online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged Veterans, more than 50,000 former service members have used the new benefit, saving an average of 20 percent off MSRP and avoiding a total of $3 million in sales tax so far.

“With the national average sales tax being 8.5 percent, the Veterans online shopping benefit offers significant savings to all who raised their right hand and took an oath to defend our Nation—no matter how long they served,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, a Vietnam-era Army Veteran who worked tirelessly to secure the change in Department of Defense policy after joining the Exchange in 2012. “This benefit is a modest way to thank all who have served and welcome them home.”

The Veterans online shopping benefit, which launched on Veterans Day 2017, marked the first expansion of military exchange privileges since 1990. Veterans have used their new benefit to order nearly 500,000 items at ShopMyExchange.com—tax-free.

On ShopMyExchange.com, Veterans find a wide assortment of national-brand at an average savings of 20 percent off MSRP. Shopping the Exchange online reconnects Veterans with their military community, allowing them to remain Soldiers and Airmen for life.

Dan Sacco, a Vietnam Veteran who lives in Trumbull, Conn., had been without an Exchange benefit for nearly 50 years, after leaving the Army in 1970. When he shops with ShopMyExchange.com, he knows he is making a difference to service members and their families.

“This is an incredible benefit to offer,” said Sacco, who has shopped ShopMyExchange.com for electronics, clothing, gifts and more. “There’s no taxes, no shipping charges with a MILITARY STAR card, and it supports the military. It’s better than Amazon. There’s no negative.”

Every purchase Veterans make online improves life for service members and their families as 100 percent of Exchange earnings support programs including military uniforms at cost; school lunches below cost for Warfighters’ children overseas; Child Development Centers; Youth Programs; Fitness Centers; and career opportunities for spouses, Veterans and Wounded Warriors. In the last decade years, the Exchange has distributed more than $2.4 billion to critical military Quality-of-Life programs.

To verify eligibility and begin shopping, Veterans can visit ShopMyExchange.com\veterans or VetVerify.org.

Facebook-friendly version: In the six months since the Army & Air Force Exchange Service officially expanded online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged Veterans, more than 50,000 former service members have used the new benefit, saving an average of 20 percent off MSRP and avoiding a total of $3 million in sales tax so far. Read more: https://bit.ly/2rRsSOQ

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 56th-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

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05.17.2018
Story by Julie Mitchell
Army & Air Force Exchange Service HQ


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