Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Intrepid

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Intrepid

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WOUNDED service members and military leaders broke ground last fall at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, for what is to be the nation's premier rehabilitation center for amputees--the Center for the Intrepid.

The $40-million facility was made possible by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. It includes two new 21-bedroom Fisher houses.

Arnold Fisher, the honorary chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and his son, Ken Fisher, the chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, participated in the groundbreaking, along with Army Vice Chief of Staff GEN Richard Cody, Army Surgeon General LTG Kevin Kiley and BAMC Commander BG James Gilman.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and its sister organization, the Fisher House Foundation, are nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

"I know what these kids have given up, and I know we need to stand behind them and we need them to know that we stand behind them," Fisher said, adding that their esprit de corps, love of country and excitement about getting back to their units were inspirational.

The Fishers said that the Army's surgeon general assisted them in making the National Armed Forces Rehabilitation Center a reality by getting the Department of Defense to give the project a green light. Arnold Fisher said the gift to the military from the foundations was not charity; it was something America owes the military.

The Fisher House Foundation currently operates 33 Fisher Houses at military installations and at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. The foundation currently has six houses under construction. The houses offer a sort of "psychological" first aid for the wounded, providing a stress-free living environment and peer support during the service member's recovery period. …

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