Fort Belvoir ready to build new TBI and PTSD center
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 4:10:08 PM
is ready to break ground on a brand new research and treatment center for traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries of war, Army Times reports.
The $10 million center is being built and paid for by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), which was also responsible for the physical rehabilitation center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center nearby in Bethesda, Maryland, the news outlet reports. According to its official website, the IFHF provides financial support to military families - offering nearly $20 million to families who lost a loved one in battle between 2000 and 2005. The Fund also works to provide a number of medical centers for wounded warriors.
The construction of the new center comes just in time for PTSD Awareness Month, when the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to educate the public about the impact of these injuries. Each year, about 1,000 service members suffer from head injuries caused by improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wounded warriors will be able to get the treatment they need at the new center, which is a satellite of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda (NICoE), the publication reports.
The new facility will have an intake and clinic area for psychiatric testing, chiropractic services physical therapy and acupuncture, as well as a family room and park for friends and family members to relax in and learn more about the brain conditions. The facility will also have a sleep lab and monitoring system and research done there will provide data for the NICoE and its ongoing studies to improve detection, diagnosis and treatment for TBI and PTSD.
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