Veterans returning home from war can struggle to find appropriate treatment and to make ends meet. Adjusting to life after war can be even more complicated when suffering from a serious illness or permanent injury. A private foundation is building additional medical centers that specialize in treating the signature diseases of Iraq and Afghanistan, namely PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Veterans in California and nationwide should have access to benefits as well as medical care. When returning home, new vet centers may make treatment more available and accessible. Centers will be springing up all over the United States with the support of a private charity foundation.
A private organization, known as The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, was started by a New York real estate business man and is raising $100 million to build clinics on military bases throughout the United States. The clinics will form a network focused on treating and researching conditions like PTSD and TBI.
The program has been effective in providing treatment because it can sidestep government bureaucracy. The financial support also increases opportunities to support medical advances for injured military members. The charity has build specialized hospitals, including a brain injury center in Maryland and an amputee and burn rehabilitation center in Texas.
The organization has plans to build between 7 and 10 clinics at the largest military installations throughout the U.S. The charity raises money, builds the facilities, then turns control over to the military branches. In addition to increased funding and specialized treatments, the vet centers also minimize wait time for patients and are able to effectively streamline care. Alternative treatments are also available, including art therapy.
Source: Huffington Post, “Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to Raise $100 Million For Military to Build Vet Centers,” Kristin M. Hall, Aug. 21, 2012