“I don’t care how you feel about the war.
But support of our service men and women is not negotiable.”
~ Kenneth Fisher, June 24, 2010
To try to describe the power of Thursday’s dedication of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md. would only fall short, so I’m not going to try … but linked here is the Washington Post account.
With men and women from all branches of the armed forces shoulder to shoulder with many of the civilians whose money helped build the Center through the efforts of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, they cut the ribbon and opened the doors to a facility that will serve a desperate need in this country: the diagnosis and treatment of the war’s signature wounds: traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.
It was awe-inspiring.
Most inspiring to me, personally, were the words of the Fishers, father Arnold and son Ken, whose Fisher House Foundation has been serving military families for 20 years and who are both active members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund efforts (Arnold is honorary chairman and a ferocious advocate). Their message, in short: Our responsibility to our Veterans is not optional.
Both men were profoundly direct, and unapologetic for their unwillingness to compromise on this point. The were passionate. They were insistent. They were blunt.
And if you’ll excuse the poor image quality, here’s how Arnold Fisher, a Korean War Veteran himself, summed it up …
Sure makes it easy to shoot a few hoops each day (as for that … the 500 in Maryland and 1,500 this morning gives us 317,507 down, 682,493 to go to 1 million made foul shots).
It was an incredible day, and my sincere thanks to Matt Krause and those at the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for inviting us. The Beautiful Heth and I have a renewed appreciation for our men and women in uniform, and those who care for them.