Military leaders broke ground on the new Intrepid Spirit Center at Camp Pendleton Tuesday, a building to treat traumatic brain injuries and the post traumatic-stress disorder associated with such injuries.
The 25,000 square foot Camp Pendleton center, which will be built next to the Pacific Views Event Center, will cost about $12 million.
The building is the seventh in a series of nine centers being built on military bases around the country.
The design is based off the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), the most advanced facility of its kind. The NICoE is the center of the military's efforts to research, diagnose and treat traumatic brain injuries and related injuries.
The non-profit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is funding the construction.
Veterans and officials at the groundbreaking said the center will help many.
"We need to help them when they come back--immediately, before either they do something like commit suicide or hurt their families," said Arnold Fisher, Honorary Chairman of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
The center will be staffed by the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.
Other similar centers are located at
Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, is still under construction.