$200 For Our Cause
June 14, 2016
Infinite Hero Foundation believes that the service-related mental and physical health challenges our military heroes and their families face are foundational issues. In the case of physical injury, the veteran family must undergo extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other mental injuries are much more insidious and can go undetected for several months or more before the symptoms drive the individual or family to seek treatment. Innovations are needed to develop more effective treatments and ensure accessibility for every military hero and family regardless of geography or resources.
Since its inception in 2012, Infinite Hero Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million dollars in funding to ten different veteran service organizations offering innovative and effective programs or treatments for service-related mental and physical injuries.
CURRENT IHF GRANT RECIPIENTS:
AIRPOWER FOUNDATION (airpowerfoundation.com)
•The Brain Treatment Center (braintreatmentcenter.com) received $200,000 for MRT Treatment, which uses non-invasive neuro-modulation to treat the physiological cause of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by restoring normal brainwave activity to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and anger to help sleep patterns.
•Cerebrum Health Center (formerly known as Carrick Brain Center) (cerebrum.com) received $200,000 to treat veterans combining evidence-based diagnostics with leading-edge technologies and treatments to improve quality of life for service members and their families.
•In October 2014, Chief Warrant Officer S Gary A. Linfoot (ret.), paralyzed in a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq, became the first military recipient of an EKSO exoskeleton for home use through a $100,000 grant from Infinite Hero Foundation. Linfoot, with his wife Mari and son Hayden as his support, completed over 250,000 steps using the device as part of a study to improve upon the technologies.
BRAINLINE MILITARY - A service of BrainLine.org (brainlinemilitary.org) received $25,000 to provide military-specific information and resources on traumatic brain injury to veterans, active duty service members, and their support networks. Through video, webcasts, articles, personal stories, research briefs, and current news, those whose lives have been affected by TBI can learn more about brain injury symptoms and treatment, rehabilitation, and family issues associated with TBI care and recovery.
CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION (challengedathletes.org) CAF’s Operation Rebound received $75,000 to strengthen the mental and physical well-being of active duty, veterans and first responders with permanent physical injuries through competitive sports and fitness opportunities. The program supports individuals nationwide and the grant is specifically designed to encourage more female and first-time participants.
HEARTBEAT – SERVING WOUNDED WARRIORS (heartbeatforwarriors.org) received $130,000 for its Scuba Warriors program, which provides critical physical and mental health healing to members of the military community through underwater diving. A portion of the funding has enabled Heartbeat to expand from Washington State to other bases throughout the U.S.
IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA (IAVA) (iava.org) received $200,000 towards the development of its Community of Veterans (COV) program. COV is the first online social network created exclusively for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IHF grants strengthened both online and offline access to mental health support.
REBUILDING AMERICA’S WARRIORS (R.A.W.) (rebuildingamericaswarriors.com) received $100,000 to provide aesthetic reconstructive procedures and dental restoration to wounded and disfigured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars through matching the need to medical specialists willing to donate their time and services.
SEMPER FI FUND (semperfifund.org) received $300,00 to provide Alpha-Stims and Irlen Lenses to service members suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and chronic pain, and specialized and adaptive equipment assistance. The Alpha-Stim medical device is a non-addicting, holistic treatment using cranial electrotherapy stimulation to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, depression and chronic pain. Irlen Spectral Filters use color to treat TBI and injuries to the eye by calming the brain and helping it process visual information.
TEAM RED, WHITE AND BLUE (teamrwb.org) received $45,000 to develop three regionally based leadership and athletic Camps. These 2-3 day, world-class training experiences provide veterans the opportunity to learn a new sport or activity while receiving leadership development training. In 2015, IHF granted $100,000 for a pilot leadership development program.
USC INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES (ict.usc.edu) received $200,000 to provide virtual reality exposure therapy specifically addressing the needs of combat medics and corpsmen. IHF’s funding also went toward a pilot study of the impact of Stress Resilience in Virtual Environments (STRIVE).
UNIVERSTIY OF PITTSBURGH School of Nursing, in collaboration with the University’s Center for Military Medicine Research, received at grant of $25,000 in support of the development and early implementation of a new program called Teaching Kids to Cope-Military.
VAIL VETERANS PROGRAM (VVP) (vailveteransprogram.org) received $155,000 for VVP’s Winter Program Events. These therapeutic programs are specifically designed to dramatically decrease the isolating effects of physical and mental wounds by bringing together service members who survived severe combat-related injuries, their families and therapists. Additionally, $30,000 was allocated to develop a collaborative partnership between HPI (Human Performance Institute) and VVP to provide high-level leadership and development training for alumni.