Since the beginning of the War on Terror, nearly four million of our young men and women have enlisted in branches of the Armed Forces, and almost half will have served one or more tours of duty in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Our country has lost over 6,700 Fallen Heroes, and more than a hundred thousand Veterans have been seriously wounded or physically disabled in the War on Terror. If that were not enough, health experts project as many as 1/3rd of our combat Veterans will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Depression in the years ahead. To compound the problem, our Veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI will avoid treatment due to the stigma attached to the diseases unless we can convince them to seek the help they need to recover from their invisible brain injuries.
Nearly 60 million Americans are living today with a neurological problem through over fifty known diseases of the brain, including PTSD and TBI. There have been thousands of brain disease studies around the world, but the methodologies and results of independent studies have been guarded by research organizations, and remain unknown or invalid as smaller pieces to a larger puzzle. If we act now by coming together to invest the billions needed for coordinated research studies to find cures for brain disease, we can avoid bankrupting our future economic health under the weight of an unaffordable health care cost.
Through the advances in the human genome project, stem cell reseach, biomedical computing and brain imaging, it is within our ability and our means over the next ten years to achieve a major breakthrough in the last frontier of the human body – the brain. We owe it to our Veterans, and to our future generations to come together in making the investment in research to find a cure not only for PTSD and TBI, but for all brain diseases.
We invite you to join us as a Partner Hero in the 2016-2017 Invisible Wounds Cure Challenge (IWCC) with over 95% of your net donation to be used directly for brain research studies to solve the Veteran PTSD and TBI epidemic. To see the Partner Hero donor options and IWCC gifts, please click on the Partner Hero Donor Options page. For additional information and answers to any questions you may have, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at (425) 533-4140.