Day 10: Days of Thanks / Days of Giving
December 22, 2017
December 22, 2017
Founder and Air Force veteran Jay Czarkowski selected the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for the next $100 donation in our “Days of Thanks / Days of Giving”.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) is the third veteran support organization selected by our team members in our first year of “Days of Thanks / Days of Giving”. IFHF has provided $200 million in support for military families and injured military personnel.
Hundreds of thousands of military personnel have been diagnosed with some level of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the past decade, many as a result of combat injury. TBI and psychological health (PH) conditions can have long-term and sometimes severe effects on service members’ lives, affecting their ability to work, interact with others, manage basic living tasks, and even interact with their own families. Depression, inability to work or live normal lives, and more tragic consequences including suicide can result. Proper and immediate diagnosis and early treatment are crucial to addressing this critical need among America’s military personnel and veterans.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is addressing this critical need. Following the opening of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in 2010, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund launched its current effort: building “Intrepid Spirit” centers to serve as satellites to NICoE and extend the care provided at NICoE out to the home bases of many of the troops suffering the effects of TBI and PH.
Each Intrepid Spirit center is approximately 25,000 square feet and costs approximately $12 million to build and equip. The centers are designed around the interdisciplinary model of care developed at NICoE. This model of care brings all disciplines involved in TBI care together under one roof, providing a comprehensive means of delivering care.
TBI can result in many different symptoms, including physical symptoms such as headaches, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, irritability, mood swings; and mental health symptoms such as verbal or physical outbursts, impulsive behavior, poor judgement, inflexibility, depression or anxiety. The Intrepid Spirit model of interdisciplinary care brings together all the medical disciplines that can address these many and varied symptoms: Neurologist, Nutritionist, physical therapist, speech therapist, psychiatrist, and others. These experts provide the specialized care TBI requires using methods both traditional such as neurological exams, physical therapy and sleep studies; and non-traditional, such as acupuncture, art therapy and speech therapy. This model of care has proven amazingly successful, allowing more than 92% of patients treated to return to family and work with many of their symptoms reduced or controlled.