The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has constructed a world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility for wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Center opened on January 29, 2007 with a grand ceremony attended by Senators John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Veterans Affairs Secretary James R. Nicholson, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace, USMC, and government and military leaders at the highest levels. 3,000 supporters also joined the event.
The Center, operated by the army, serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Center also serves military personnel and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties, combat and non-combat related.
The Center encompasses a 60,000 square foot structure, providing ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers and includes top-of-the-line indoor and outdoor facilities.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund raised $45 million for constructing the Center. We thank the over 600,000 who contributed to this effort with gifts large and small.
In the Fall of 2007, The Honorable George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, visited the Center for the Intrepid for a behind-the-scenes tour and spent time with some of the service members being treated there. “The Center is a tribute to the generosity of the American people,” he said. “Make no mistake about it – the American people support the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform. The Center is a testament to our deep belief that someone wounded in defense of America needs all the help that he or she can get.”