I have a soft part in my heart for Fisher House.. having been a guest at the Landstuhl Fisher House for a few days. However, the Fisher Family began and supports a number of Foundations that support our military and our veterans and their families... And not just in name, but in intent and their ability to get things done. There, of course, is the Fisher House Foundation. And then there is the Intrepid Foundation which supports a number of noteworthy causes: the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides financial support for the families of United States military personnel who have been lost in the line of duty, and Fleet Week, a celebration honoring the men and women of our nation's military.
Recognizing the need for a state-of-the-art facility for the rehabilitation of disabled veterans -- not just resulting from the Iraq and Afganistan campaigns but for all veterans with a need -- the Intrepid Foundation set out to get that facility designed, funded and built. THEY DID IT!!!Center for the Intrepid Opens
SAN ANTONIO — Of the roughly 20,000 soldiers injured since the start of the Iraq war, more than 500 have lost a limb — many of them in roadside bombings.
On Monday, a $50 million high-tech rehabilitation center opens that is designed to serve the growing number of soldiers who return from war as amputees or with severe burns.
"The Center for the Intrepid is going to let us keep advancing what we've been doing," said Maj. Stewart Campbell, the officer-in-charge of rehabilitation at Brooke.
The facility tells soldiers "we're going to take care of you for as long as you need us, to get you back to where you want to be," he said.
At Brooke, amputees were being treated in offices and facilities carved out of the larger hospital. The new facility includes a rock-climbing wall, wave pool and a 360-degree virtual reality sphere to help soldiers recover their balance and other basic skills.
But just a little gumption and true grit from one of our soldiers:
Staff Sgt. Jon Arnold-Garcia, who lost part of a leg in a grenade attack, got his first look at the rehab center on Sunday.
"This place is amazing, that the American people donated the money for this," said the 28-year-old from Sacramento, Calif.
Arnold-Garcia has been in rehabilitation at Brooke since May, but he was anxious to get to work at the Center for the Intrepid, a four-story glass building decorated with art and modern decor.
Arnold-Garcia and other amputees have been eyeing the rock-climbing wall, visible through the glass. They have also heard about the wave pool, in which they can use wake boards to strengthen their back and stomach muscles.
"It doesn't look like a hospital," Arnold-Garcia said, sitting in the center's cafe. "It's a place I can see myself getting up and being motivated instead of walking hospital hallways with doctors."
While enough funds were raised to build and outfit this facility, the Fund is accepting donations to provide additional services for our wounded military and veteran heroes and their families. These services may include facilities for patients' children, additional medical equipment and supplies, medical research to improve the care of patients, or other areas relating to the Center's activities including the patients and their families. You can make a donation HERE (and note -- if you want to host a fundraiser, you can do that, too!)
Just a thought... I can understand the military leadership in attendance at the opening and Sen. McCain being at the dedication since he is and has always been a supporter of the military and veterans, but I question some of the other elected "dignataries"... their voting records on veterans' issues say it all. The rest is lip service and photo ops for Presidential campaigning.
A HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INTREPID FOUNDATION, THE CENTER FOR THE INTREPID, OUR MILITARY, AND TO THOSE AMERICANS WHO HAVE ALREADY DONATED TO THIS FUND... AND TO THOSE OF YOU ABOUT TO DONATE TO THE FUND!! (wink)
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