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November 14, 2011 / charityprofiles

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

“Far too many are suffering from the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury. Far too few are receiving the screening and treatment they need. The servicemen and women who embody what’s best about America should get the best care we have to offer,” said then President Elect Barack Obama in this press release.

While this is a sentiment that many in our yellow-ribbon-tying nation agree with, it is something that few of us do anything about. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund exists to ensure that our servicemen and women receive the best care available and to enable the rest of us a way to do our part.

According to its website, the IFHF was “established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003.” Since this date, the IHFH has made use of nearly $120 million in donated funds in support of the families of our nation’s fallen military heroes

According to Richard T. Santulli, IFHF Chairman of the Board, the work that the fund performs fulfills an important need. “I have seen first hand the terrible injuries that some of our military have received but I have also seen the indomitable spirit that each one of these fine Americans has displayed. I am humbled by their courage and am in awe of their commitment and the dedication to their mission,” Santulli said.

Continuing, Santulli said, “I ask that all Americans join me in honoring these brave men and women and the selfless sacrifices that they have made in keeping our nation and its people safe.”

As the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan passes and the troop levels in Iraq remain around 50,000, there is no doubt that our fighting men and women will continue to be injured and be killed in theaters of operation.  We, as a people, cannot afford to let them sacrifice without our appreciation and our continued assistance. Our soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines deserve more than yellow ribbons, lapel pins and country music concerts. They deserve and need more than the window dressing of patriotism. They need us to do all that we can through the donation of our time and money to ensure that they have every possible opportunity to live full lives once they are back stateside living among us as our husbands, wives, friends and coworkers.

So, please, do not forget about our wars, nor our selflessly people serving in them. Please consider this article a call to action for the rest of us back in the states, a call for us to contact the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and other veteran-focused charities to find out how we too can serve our nation and our heroes!

To learn more about the IFHF, visit:

  • Video:  Don Imus on the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
  • Video: Eddie Money for Intrepid Fallen Heroes aboard Intrepid Aircraft Carrier

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