Fallen Heroes Fund

Former Crew Members,

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is launching an important new effort that will provide critical help to American service members who are returning from combat suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS) and related afflictions. It is estimated that as many as 625,000 returning servicemembers are suffering from TBI or PTS today, with over 60% failing to be properly diagnosed. They need our help now.

Last June the fund launched an effort to address this crucial need. It will build a series of centers, at military bases around the country, dedicated to diagnosing and treating our heroes in uniform suffering the effects of TBI and PTS. These centers will serve as satellites to the central National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), which was opened in Bethesda in 2010 and which has successfully treated hundreds of troops. Each new NICoE Satellite Center will be able to treat 1,000 or more troops every year, and data from the centers will be transmitted back to NICoE and aid its ongoing research program, helping to improve detection, diagnosis and treatment.

To build these crucially-needed centers, the new campaign must raise $100 million. Many donors have already contributed close to $30 million, which has allowed the fund to begin building the first two centers, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, both of which will open later this year. Another $70 million to build the remaining centers is needed.

TBI and PTS can have devastating effects on our veterans: affecting their ability to work, interact with others, manage basic living tasks, and even interact with their own families. Military suicide rates soared in 2012 to nearly one per day – this is due in large part to complications from TBI or PTS. These injuries have been referred to as the Invisible Wound of War, but contributors can help make it visible and save countless lives.

How can YOU help?

On March 5 the fund launched a significant social media movement to address this critical need facing our heroes in uniform and their families. The goal is to spread awareness far and wide.  Many have generously supported the funds efforts in the past, and t hopes donors will now help spread the word about this new mission. Participation will not take long, but through these small tasks all can together make a big difference.

All are asked to take just a few minutes out of your day to:

  1. Tweet on Twitter about the funds effort.  Sample tweets below.
  • Together we can help expose and heal the invisible wounds of war. Help #vets with TBI/PTS Donate $10: text TROOPS to 27722 #makeitvisible
  • The new campaign helping #vets wTBI/PTS is live! I helped #makeitvisible. Will you? Donate your Facebook photo, $ or tweet athttp://makeitvisible.org/
  1. Like us on Facebook.  We will provide messaging and links to share.
  2. Forward this email to your friends and family.  Ask them to do the same!
  3. And, of course, if you can please donatehttp://makeitvisible.org/

Please let the fund know if you’d like to participate by replying to this email.
A follow-up email will then be sent with specific instructions on how you can help spread the word.

The mission is to make the invisible visible through this exciting social media campaign anchored at MakeItVisible.org. Upon the campaign’s launch on March 5, we will share this mission through this new siteFacebookTwitter (@makeitvisible), Public Service Announcement Videos and Out-Of-Home advertising to spread awareness of the devastating effects of TBI and PTS and seek to raise the funds necessary to build and equip all the remaining NICoE Satellite Centers.

Please join in the fight to save the lives of our service members who have served so selflessly and courageously to protect us!

The Make it Visible campaign is a program of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Board of Trustees underwrites all administrative costs with no portion of contributions deducted; 100% of funds received go directly to support Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund programs.

Former Intrepid Crewmembers are asked to go to  http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/FCM.aspx

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