Fort Hood is one of six Army installations set to receive a nonprofit-funded facility to treat traumatic brain injuries and complex diagnoses, officials announced Thursday.

These clinics will serve as satellite centers of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and are funded through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

While a spokesperson for the fund said the announcement is premature, because funding is needed before definite plans can be made, Fort Hood said the clinic is expected to open in 2015 — about the same time as the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

Col. Patrick Sargent, Darnall commander, said the Fort Hood center’s proposed opening is December 2015, but that time frame is dependent on fundraising, site approval and priority.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a nonprofit that has provided close to $120 million in support to families of military personnel lost in service and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans, according to its website. These efforts are funded by donations from the public.

It was established in 2000 by Zachary Fisher, who also founded the Fisher House Foundation.

Two satellite clinics are under construction at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., and are expected to take three years to build.

At 25,000 square feet, each center has a construction budget of about $11 million, according to information from the fund.

Care will include psychiatric testing, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, neuro psych testing rooms, physical therapy, a sleep lab, space for relaxation and a family room.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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