Friday, April 1, 2016

Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Bragg Opens At Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg facility to address soldiers’ PTSD, depression, brain injuries
By Nate Rodgers
Published: April 1, 2016

The 25,000-square-foot facility is considered state of the art with a gymnasium, several conference rooms and various multi-purpose spaces. The 11-million dollar project was funded through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury are all among the wounds soldiers are carrying home. Fort Bragg has opened a place to tackle these demons of war.

The Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Bragg, which expects to service nearly 1,700 soldiers annually, is the fifth of nine centers of its kind built around the country.

It’s a house for hope and healing, officials say.

The center is a one-stop shop specifically geared to help service members with traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and behavior health.

“There are psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, something that I never took advantage of during my military career,” said Col. Paul Rounsaville, who served for more than 28 years.

Last year, Col. Rounsaville was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. Until receiving treatment, he’d go 3-5 days without sleep. He says his brain just wouldn’t shut down.
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