First of Nine Intrepid Spirit Centers Opens at Ft. Belvoir

Officials from the Army and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on the anniversary of 9/11 for the Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., the first of nine planned centers intended to treat service members suffering from the most severe forms of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The dedication ceremony also signified the transfer of the $11 million, 25,000-square-foot center to DOD. A second satellite center will open at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in October, and a third at Fort Campbell, Ky., in mid-2014, reported the Army News Service.

Plans are under way to build satellite centers at Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Fort Bliss, Texas; as well as Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Construction of the centers are being financed by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a $100-million campaign funded entirely with donations from public and private sources. After they are built and equipped, they will be handed over to DOD.

The design and mission of the satellite centers was based on the original National Intrepid Center of Excellence, which opened at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., in 2010.

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