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Intrepid Family of Foundations
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of the Intrepid Family of Foundations, organizations that were all established by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. The Museum’s sister organizations share the goal of supporting the men and women of the United Stated Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
IFHF - Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Logo The INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND is a leader in supporting the men and women of the armed forces and their families. Established in 2000, the Fund has raised over $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public. 100% of contributions raised by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund go towards these programs; all administrative expenses are underwritten by the Fund’s Trustees and from interest earned on invested funds.

National Intrepid Center of ExcellenceIn June 2010 the Fund opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a 72,000 square foot facility located at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. NICoE is now the Department of Defense lead facility for research, diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which afflicts hundreds of thousands of service members.

In 2013 the Fund launched a campaign to extend the care provided at NICoE to more service members and veterans suffering TBI, post-traumatic stress and related afflictions. The Fund is building up to nine NICoE satellite centers at major military bases in the U.S. Sufficient funds have been raised to build the first several satellite centers, but construction of all nine centers will cost $100 million. Raising additional funds will guarantee the remaining centers can be built to support our wounded heroes in uniform and their families.

LEARN MORE: 1-800-340-HERO
Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Logo The FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe. Fisher Houses are beautiful homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs. These homes provide free lodging and enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time—during the hospitalization for a combat injury, illness or disease.

Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Since 1990, the foundation has saved military, veterans and their families an estimated $200 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Fisher House - Palo Alto VA Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

Intrepid Relief Fund
Intrepid Relief Fund Logo The INTREPID RELIEF FUND is dedicated to supporting the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families. The Fund is focused on several areas of need in the military community: hardship support for military families and military health care.

National Intrepid Center of ExcellenceThe Fund’s principal effort is supporting Operation Mend, a unique partnership between UCLA Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Operation Mend provides advanced reconstructive surgery care to military personnel who have suffered severe facial injuries from wounds sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan. Patients are transported to UCLA for treatment by the nation’s foremost facial reconstruction surgeons. Treatment usually involves multiple surgeries over one to two years. On each trip to UCLA, the patients and their families are cared for by Operation Mend staff and volunteers, including “Buddy Families,” that each care for a specific patient throughout treatment in the program. Operation Mend provides a caring environment to patients and families as they undergo long and challenging periods of treatment and recovery.

Operation Mend began with facial reconstruction but has expanded to encompass the entire healing process. Mentalhealth support, orthopaedic reconstruction for severely damaged limbs, urologic treatment, otolaryngological care, the examination and treatment of reproductive issues, repair of airways, and design of new prosthetic ears are now provided.

LEARN MORE: 1-646-381-5110