Project Courage Presentation April 16th 2009

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  • 1. 1,750,000+ the number of U.S. military personnel that have served or are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • 2. U. S. CASUALTIES As of April 11th, 2009
  • 3. U. S. CASUALTIES As of April 11th, 2009 Killed In Wounded COMPONENT % % Action In Action National Guard 572 11.6% 4,397 12.9% Florida National Guard 10 41 Reserves 341 6.9% 2,507 7.4% Florida Reservists 10 137 Active Duty 4,023 81.5% 27,067 79.7% Florida Active Duty 202 1,399 TOTAL 4,936 100% 33,971 100% Florida Total 222 1,577
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  • 6. 65% of Iraq and Afghanistan casualties are caused by IED’s (improvised explosive devices). IED’s produce a pattern of polytraumatic injuries: blindness spinal cord injuries burns amputations and, the signature wounds of these conflicts, TBI PTSD
  • 7. 320,000 the number of military personnel from the U.S. estimated to have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 300,000 the number estimated to suffer from some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) . Rand Report: Center for Military Health Policy Research: “Invisible Wounds of War. Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery.” Terri Tanielian and Lisa H. Jaycox, Editors. 2008. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Report to Congress on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Steps to Prevent a Serious Public Health Problem. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2003
  • 8. Rand Report: Center for Military Health Policy Research: “Invisible Wounds of War. Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery.” Terri Tanielian and Lisa H. Jaycox, Editors. 2008. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Report to Congress on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Steps to Prevent a Serious Public Health Problem. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2003
  • 9. $25,000 the one year cost estimate for treating one mild case of PTSD. $408,000 the one year cost estimate for treating an individual with the most severe case of PTSD. Rand Report: Center for Military Health Policy Research: “Invisible Wounds of War. Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery.” Terri Tanielian and Lisa H. Jaycox, Editors. 2008. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Report to Congress on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Steps to Prevent a Serious Public Health Problem. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2003
  • 10. $7.5 Billion $122.4 Billion the estimated range for the annual cost for treating all individuals with PTSD and severe TBI.
  • 11. MISSION Project Courage, a Florida “Not-For-Profit” corporation, brings together the financial, technical and management resources to support active duty service members, Reservists, National Guardsmen, veterans and their families.
  • 12. The current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan represent the most sustained combat operations for U.S. forces since the Vietnam War. The high rates of trauma experienced by our military will result in increased demands on DoD, the VA, and community healthcare systems. The development of cost effective, novel 21st Century methods to engage service members, assist their families and to treat these warriors is imperative.
  • 13. Project Courage partnering with the federally funded Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under- Served Areas (CERMUSA) at St. Francis University, Loretto, PA will create Courage University by utilizing “cloud computing”, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technologies. This partnership will assist the Department of Defense in the treatment of PTSD and TBI and other injuries by ...
  • 14. 1. ... developing in accordance with TRICARE, HIPAA and other regulatory agencies, a secure web-based platform for the treatment of PTSD and chronic TBI, especially for National Guardsmen and Reservists whose units are scattered throughout the United States away from the main treatment centers.
  • 15. 2. ... creating a web based “Minds in Motion” program that incorporates kinesthetic techniques via game consoles such as Wii and Play Station as well as tailored fitness equipment where the patient actually carries out a physical activity in conjunction with the learning or re-learning process.
  • 16. 3. ... providing National Guardsmen, Reservists, servicemen on active duty and their families a secure managed Internet environment to discover, examine and evaluate the assistance given by public and private service organizations.
  • 17. 4. ... building a coalition of wounded warriors, healthcare givers and other public and private organizations for the service member and his/her family. 5.... assisting the healthcare giver, the service member and families with interactive distance learning programs regarding PTSD, TBI and other pertinent information.
  • 18. Physical activity has been shown to enhance the effectiveness of psychological therapies and to have a role in improving quality of life and symptom management for people with a wide range of mental health problems. Physical activity has a double benefit, since people with mental health problems are also at increased risk of a range of physical health problems, including cardiovascular disease, endocrine disorders and obesity. However referral to a physical activity is rarely available in psychiatric and counseling treatment settings.
  • 19. Project Courage will provide that activity by creating the Courage Games. To reach as many military personnel as possible eight Regional Courage Games will be created by partnering with ... • member organizations of the National Association of Sports Commissions • Disabled Sports Organizations • National Governing Bodies • veteran and military associations
  • 20. The Courage Games will ... •begin in the summer of 2010 in Gainesville, FL •then at seven other sites to be determined throughout the year. •within 400 miles of a major U.S.military installation •include Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve units from neighboring states •include veterans •include events for family members
  • 21. FLORIDA CONCEPT Military instalations are located in the shaded states
  • 22. FLORIDA CONCEPT Military instalations are located in the shaded states
  • 23. FLORIDA CONCEPT Military Bases within 400 mi. radius of Gainesville, FL
  • 24. FLORIDA CONCEPT Military Bases within 400 mi. radius of Gainesville, FL
  • 25. funding
  • 26. funding
  • 27. funding Funding for Project Courage will come from three sources: 1. Federal Government via an appropriation request submitted by Congressman Robert Wexler 2. Grants, donations & ‘gifts in kind’ via the Courage Fund established by the Alma Foundation of Boca Raton, FL 3. Corporate Sponsorships
  • 28. funding Project Courage, Hollywood, Florida $5,500,000 for Project Courage The Rand Corporation, Department of Defense, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all report that the long term effects and consequences of TBI, PTSD, and other psychological health issues will cost billions of dollars in care, treatment, and rehabilitation. Of the 1.64 million U.S. troops deployed in the war on terror, approximately 320,000 have sustained a TBI and another 300,000 some form of PTSD. The Rand Report also estimates that cost for treating PTSD could range from a $25,000 per year in mild cases to $408,000 for severe cases. This program can alleviate these costs through effective psychological rehabilitation. Updated: April 3, 2009
  • 29. funding
  • 30. funding
  • 31. funding Corporate sponsorship packages are in the process of being developed with some form of revenue sharing being considered. NATIONAL packages will include: • One hour tape delayed synopsis of all regional events • One or two concerts for the benefit of Project Courage • Signage or “look of the games” elements at all regional games. REGIONAL packages will include: • Clauses regarding sponsor category conflicts • National sponsor’s rights and obligations • Etc.
  • 32. Congressional Endorsements: • Congressman Robert Wexler • Congressman Alcee Hastings • Congressman Ron Klein State of Florida Endorsements: • Florida State Senator Ted Deutch • Florida State Representative Kelly Skidmore • Florida State Representative Maria Lorts Sachs • Florida State Representative Richard A. Machek
  • 33. Organizations Supporting Project Courage: •The ALMA Foundation, Boca Raton, FL http://www.almafoundation.net •Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) http:// cermusa.francis.edu/ •MCNC - Microelectronics Center of North Carolina http://www.mcnc.org •Minds ʻn Motion, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs, FL