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Intrepid Heroes Fund Provides Support to Injured Service Members

Mackenzie Meaney

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund helps to build facilities that are paramount to veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.

So far, the fund has built 9 centers, as part of a 10-center series, called Intrepid Spirit Centers, with some of the best-specialized support for injuries, and boasts that 90 percent of patients treated in its centers are able to continue on active duty.

Since its founding in 2000, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has raised over $200 million for severely wounded military personnel and families of fallen service members.

Additionally, even though it is no longer run, the Relay for Heroes events was one of the most interactive endurance events put on to support veterans who are suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, much like the facilities the Heroes Fund builds.

“To have not been able to run these past three years (due to a traumatic brain injury) has been really hard,” said Navy vet Amanda Burrill about the relay. “So today to come back and run a relay race with a bunch of veterans back on a Navy ship, and for this cause, there’s a full circle thing happening.”

The race was run in conjunction with the foundation and put on outside the Intrepid in New York City. Thousands of relay teams come out to take turns running. Teams of both veterans and civilians join the cause and show their support.

“It’s really nice to run for something bigger than yourself,” said Lia Barsanti as she ran her leg of the relay.

To learn more about the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, you can visit their website here.

Photo credit: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund’s Instagram