How did the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund begin?
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was formed in October 2000 to provide support for military personnel lost in performance of their duty. The activities of the Fund increased substantially in response to the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan following the tragic events of 9/11. In October 2003 the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established as its own 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.
Is the Fund still providing support to the families of military personnel lost in action?
The Fund is no longer providing direct support to the families of military personnel lost in action, because the death benefit and insurance support provided to them has been greatly increased with new legislation. The Fund will now direct its support to the severely wounded and their families.
Why isn’t the Government building these centers?
The government's responsibility is to take care of the medical needs of service members and veterans. The mission of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is to support our military community, now specifically those who are suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. We met with officials from the military and the VA to determine what we could do to help and together developed the concept for our centers (and all previous projects). As a non-profit organization we are able to execute these projects quickly and have them available to begin treatments in a fraction of the time. In addition, since the centers are privately funded, they provide a way for individual Americans to personally support those who have sacrificed so much in service to our nation.
Is the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund a non-profit?
Yes. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is non-profit organization. The Fund is a public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Is my contribution deductible?
Yes. All contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.