DURING MY BOOK TOURING THIS YEAR I will be talking to audiences about my book and also about the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. I am greatly impressed by this organization and the very needed work that they are doing.
This Fund was originally established to provide assistance to the families of those who have given their lives in the service of their country in Afghanistan and Iraq.
However, on May 12, 2005, new federal legislation was signed, retroactively increasing governmental support to the families of the fallen. The death gratuity was increased, and the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance was increased as well, with the government paying the premiums on part of that coverage for service members in combat zones.
With the government stepping up to the plate to fill the gap, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was able to shift its support program from direct grants to military families to the construction of “The Center for the Intrepid” to meet an unfilled need.
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are showing the unique dangers of modern warfare: Our soldiers in the war zone are being confronted by irregular troops dressed in civilian clothes and using unconventional tactics to attack U.S. forces. Our troops are facing an enemy who has superior knowledge of the ground, the local language and short-range combat fought in cities. All of this is resulting in larger numbers of wounded than were expected, with many catastrophic blast injuries, and, in many cases, amputations.
The new 60,000 square foot Center for the Intrepid, located at Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, will provide the latest in technological advances in the training and rehabilitation of amputees and severely wounded troops. It will greatly expand the capacity of Brooke Army Medical Center’s specialty burn unit and amputee care center by providing the newest technological advances in treatment and equipment approaches Among the many advanced and innovative designs to be used is the Gait Lab, where a patient’s gait will be analyzed technologically, enabling physicians, therapists and prosthetists to make fine adjustments to prosthetics and assist patients in visualizing and improving their gait pattern.
The Center will include a Children’s Support Space which will not only help with the child care needs of families being served by the Center, but will provide facilities to help children understand and manage their parent’s condition and treatment.
The Center’s sister foundation, the Fisher House Foundation, will build two 21-suite Fisher Houses attached to the Center to accommodate the lodging needs of families during their stay.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. Their offices are located on the USS Intrepid, located in New York harbor. The new Center for the Intrepid will be today’s most significant privately funded undertaking in support of the United States Armed Force community. 100% of all contributions go to the building of this Center for the Intrepid. The planning and execution of the Center is being managed in cooperation with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of the Army, Navy and Air Force, who are responsible for the medical care of all members of the military community.
Through donating a portion of revenues from the sales of The Fighter Pilot’s Wife, I am privileged to be contributing in a small way to this wonderful new Center, where our military service members, and their families, will receive the care and support they so richly deserve.
Gilberta and a young soldier wounded in Iraq in
front of the completed Center for the Intrepid
In front of the construction site of the Center for the Intrepid
The Center for the Intrepid
will open in January of 2007.
For further information,
or to make a donation, contact:
INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND
One Intrepid Square
New York, New York 10036
Phone (212) 957-7020
Toll-free: (800) 340-HERO
In front of Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas
With the Administrator of the Center for the Intrepid
and the chief prosthetician
Gilberta and her husband Howard at the Center for the Intrepid
At the construction site of the Fisher House which will
accomodate visiting families of the patients
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