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Intrepid Spirit Center helping soldiers recover at Fort Bragg

Posted April 14, 2016

— The Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Bragg treats soldiers for mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological issues resulting from war.

The state-of-the-art center has helped soldiers like Matthew Cieslak, who is recovering from a neck issue he suffered while in service.

“I had a neck issue, which translated into migraines; [it] translated into a lot of pain,” said Cieslak. “Migraines very much affect the balance.”

Long after the bandages and splints are removed, a soldier's invisible wounds often remain. The resources at the Intrepid Spirit Center are critical for their success.

“It needs to be right were the soldiers are, readily accessible for the soldiers,” said Sgt. Phillip Hanback. “For a lot of these soldiers, it’s a life saver.”

The process can be long, with a variety of health professionals working to fully heal the men and women in uniform.

“I’ve got buddies that have committed suicide, that honestly, after going through the treatment, would still be here,” Cieslak said.

However, treatment often results in extending long deployments, keeping families apart for longer periods of time.

The intrepid center is a satellite for the national center in Maryland. Since last year, 66 patients have come through Fort Bragg for treatment—95 percent returned to full duty.


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