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Monday, July 1, 2013

This Fourth of July Funds Sought for Vets - Make It Visible Campaign

This Independence Day population-we™ pauses to thank our military and veterans for their service to our country. Before a Beach Boys' concert in Branson, Mo., an announcement was made to the audience asking all Veterans to stand. My father-in-law, a Navy Veteran, and other vets around the concert hall stood to a roaring sound of applause. It was a moment filled with teary eyes and goose bumps. However, as most are aware, Veterans haven't always got this acceptance and support. Born on the Fourth of July with Tom Cruise and other movies portray how Veterans really have been treated in the past. Because of this mental health for our military and Veterans has suffered, but a nonprofit is set out to do something about this fact; enter, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The goal to raise funds for a series of National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) satellite centers set to provide hope, healing, discovery and learning for traumatic brain injury and psychological health.

Different from other non-profit organizations; Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund focuses its efforts exclusively on one mission at a time. For this reason, the non-profit can help better the lives of returning U.S. military personnel and veterans in the most efficient way possible. Last March The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund launched a significant social media movement called Make It Visible to address this critical need facing our heroes in uniform and their families.

"We need your help in raising money to build nine NICoE satellite centers at major military bases across America," said Bill White, event organizer for Make It Visible. "100 percent of every dollar you donate to this mission will go toward design and construction costs, state-of-the-art equipment, treatment research and so much more."

The proposed NICoE centers will be on military bases across the country and serve active duty service members with combat related brain injury and psychological health conditions including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).

"Our goal is to spread awareness far and wide. You have generously supported our efforts in the past, and we hope you will now help us spread the word about this new mission," White said. "Your participation will not take long, but through these small tasks we can together make a big difference."

To bring awareness to this cause, population-we™ joins ranks with Make It Visible this Fourth of July. We encourage others to join as well. If interested, Make It Visible organizers ask that you take just a few minutes out of your day to:

1. Tweet on Twitter about the effort. Sample tweets below:
  • Together we can help expose and heal the invisible wounds of war. Help #vets with TBI/PTS Donate $10: text TROOPS to 27722 @makeitvisible  

2. Like Make It Visible on Facebook at

3. Ask your friends and family to do the same!

4. And, of course, if you can please donate at

Open your eyes to the invisible wounds of war and help make them visible. So, this Fourth of July lets give the people who bleed red, white and blue on our behalf the honor, respect and help they deserve. Because thanks to their valiant efforts--237 years later--the U.S. is still land of the free and home of the brave.

-population-we™ blog post by Becky Bohan Brown
© 2013 population-we, LLC 
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