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New IFHF Film Documents Breakthrough Treatment Programs and Hope for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

Intrepid Spirit Centers Report More than 90% Success Rate in Returning TBI-Suffering Military Back to Duty 

Washington – With national alarm rising over Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in professional sports and the military, a new 12-minute documentary (https://vimeo.com/133748504) from Passing Lane Films tells of the remarkable breakthrough treatments for TBI at special facilities on two military bases – Army Fort Campbell (KY) and Marine Camp Lejeune (NC). These Intrepid Spirit Centers (ISCs) report over 90 percent success rates in returning TBI-suffering warfighters to family and career, meaning certified for full active duty. A four-minute companion film (https://vimeo.com/133747920) tells of parallel success treating strokes, Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, MS, and other neurodegenerative conditions.

“The films could not launch at a more critical time,” said Passing Lane Films producer Drew Tidwell. Last Sunday The New York Times article ran a devastating front page story detailing the suicide epidemic among veterans of one Marine battalion stationed in a heavy fighting zone in Afghanistan. The week before, a PBS Frontline episode — “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” — reported that an alarming 87 out of 91 former NFL players who suffered repeated concussions had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

“The Passing Lane Films production tells the amazing success story of the Intrepid Spirit Centers and how they have already rescued more than 3000 TBI sufferers in our military,” said David Winters, president of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), a 501c3 that worked with the military in developing the ISC’s revolutionary combination of treatments and then designed, raised the funds for, and built the centers themselves, turning them over to the military to operate. He added, “The centers were designed from the ground up to produce inter-disciplinary, team-oriented rehabilitation. They employ techniques ranging from neuropsychology to acupuncture.”

The films are posted:

Intrepid Spirit Center – TBI Film from Passing Lane Films on Vimeo.

Intrepid Spirit Center – Outtakes from Passing Lane Films on Vimeo.

In addition to the two ISCs featured in the film, the IFHF has built a third at Fort Belvoir (VA). It is currently constructing two more at Forts Bragg (NC) and Hood (TX) and is raising funds for a final four, at Army-Air Force Joint Base Lewis-McChord (WA), Marine Camp Pendleton (CA), and Army Forts Carson (CO) and Bliss (TX).

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families.

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