Organization: PROJECT COURAGE Inc.
Project Courage Inc.
1115 North 13th Terrace
Hollywood, FL 33019
Chief Executive Ofﬁcer: William Carney
Cell Phone: 954-802-7402
The Project Courage Incorporated, a Florida “Not-For-Proﬁt” corporation, was
established to support active duty service members, Reservists, National Guardsmen
and their families.
Organizations/individuals that support Project Courage:
The ALMA Foundation, Boca Raton, Florida
Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA, Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically
Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA)
Minds ʻn Motion, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs, FL
MCNC - Microelectronics Center of North Carolina
• Congressman Robert Wexler
• Congressman Alcee Hastings
• Congressman Ron Klein
• Florida State Senator Ted Deutch
• Florida State Representative Kelly Skidmore
• Florida State Representative Maria Lorts Sachs
• Florida State Representative Richard A. Machek
What is Project Courage?
Project Courage is comprised of two programs Courage University and the Courage
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I. COURAGE UNIVERSITY
By partnering with Saint Francis Universityʼs Center of Excellence for Remote and
Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA), Loretto, Pennsylvania, Courage University
will assist the Department of Defense by:
• Developing in accordance with TRICARE, HIPAA and other regulatory agencies, a
secure web-based platform for the treatment of PTSD and chronic TBI.
• Creating a web based “Minds in Motion” program that incorporates kinesthetic
techniques in which the patient or the student actually carries out a physical
activity, rather than listening to a lecture or merely watching a demonstration.
• Providing National Guardsmen, Reservists and those on active duty a secure
managed Internet environment to discover, examine and evaluate the assistance
given by public and private service organizations.
• Building a coalition of wounded warriors, healthcare givers and other public and
private organizations for the service member and their families.
• Assisting the healthcare giver, the service member and families with interactive
distance learning programs regarding PTSD and TBI.
II. COURAGE GAMES
To promulgate Courage University, Project Courage will partner with member
organizations of the National Association of Sports Commissions, Disabled Sports
Organizations, National Governing Bodies, veteran and military associations in the
creation of eight regional Courage Games:
• commencing in the summer of 2010 in Gainesville, Florida
• then at seven other sites throughout the United States
• all sites will be within a ﬁve to six hour drive of major military installations
• ideally each region will average 4,000 participants
• eventually a National Courage Games will be created.
The events at each site in the Courage Games will target the following:
• the over 15,000 wounded service members, veterans and their families
• those service men and women on active duty and their families
• members of the Reserves and National Guard and their families.
By emphasizing participation the Courage Games will be the vehicle to help the
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individual service member and his or her family become more physically active,
healthier and more independent.
The Beneﬁt of Project Courage
The current conﬂicts in Iraq and Afghanistan represent the most sustained combat
operations for U.S. forces since the Vietnam War. There is evidence that the high rates
of trauma experienced by those stationed in the Southwest Asia theaters will result in
increased demands on the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA), and community healthcare systems. The development of novel and cost
effective ways to engage service members and to treat these warriors is imperative.
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 one-
year cost of $25,000 in mild cases to $408,000 for severe cases. The total cost for
treating psychological related health issues will be in the billions of dollars and does not
include the lost productivity or quality of life issues.
Defense Department Budget
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates on Monday, April 06, 2009 in presenting the
Defense Department Budget recommended:
• Continued steady growth in medical research and development by requesting
$400 million more than last year.
• Recognize the critical and permanent nature of wounded, ill and injured,
traumatic brain injury, and psychological health programs. This means ...
increasing overall spending by $300 million. The department will spend over $47
billion on healthcare in FY10
• Increase funding by $200 million for improvements in child care, spousal support,
lodging, and education.
An appropriations request was submitted to Congressman Robert Wexler (D – FL) in
mid-March. On April 3rd, 2009 Congressman Wexler demonstrated his commitment to
Project Courage by submitting the $5,500,000 appropriation request to the House
Appropriations Committee http://wexler.house.gov/list/press/ﬂ19_wexler/morenews/
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How will Project Courage spend its money?
ACTIVITY COST TOTAL
Travel, Hotels & Meals for meetings with DSOʼs, Veteran
Groups and MWR ofﬁcers
Administration – Salaries, Rent, Insurance, Contractors, $500,000
Legal and Accounting $100,000
Sub Total $700,000
Programmers to create web based platforms for secure
treatments, social networking and distance learning $400,000
Equipment and servers $1,200,000
Research & Development with medical communities $1,000,000
Sub Total $2,600,000
Sports Development at 8 sites to include awards,
ofﬁcials, equipment and volunteers, regional Torch $1,000,000
Venue Development at 8 sites to include accreditation,
security, transportation, food service, etc.
Programmers to create entry, timing, scoring and result
Sub Total $2,200,000
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