The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. The mission of the not-for-profit organization is “to provide financial support for the dependents of military personnel lost in performance of their duty.”
In establishing the fund, the Fishers furthered their long-standing efforts to help veterans and their families. Although the Fishers made private donations for many years to assist veterans, the Fund began accepting donations from the public after 9/11.
During the early years of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, the Fund provided grants of $11,000 to spouses and $5,000 to dependent children. In 2005, federal legislation was passed providing similar support and the Fund refocused their efforts on building a rehabilitation center for veterans severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Center for the Intrepid is now operational at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.
Recognizing a need for intensive research and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (the “signature injury” of the Iraq war), the Fallen Heroes Fund is now actively fundraising for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. The Center is under construction near the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. An additional $3 million is needed to complete the goal of $60 million for the Center.
If you’re a veteran who has been injured while on active duty, contact Veterans Help Group, a veterans disability law firm.