Shepherd Center and umana Military Healthcare Services announced March 10 a partnership with The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) co-founder Bernie Marcus to help wounded U.S. military service members and their families get additional care to promote their recovery from combat-related injuries.
The program -- the SHARE Initiative -- is for military personnel who were wounded during their service in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as their families. The program initially will concentrate on cases in the Southeast, then expand to a larger scope.
Atlanta-based Shepherd is a rehabilitation hospital for people with spinal cord and brain injuries.
Marcus, a philanthropist and father of the Georgia Aquarium, will act as a benefactor for wounded service members to help pay for necessary medical rehabilitation, post-acute rehabilitation, and community and family support services administered at Shepherd Center that may fall outside of their coverage under TRICARE, the health benefits plan for military service members and their dependents. The program also targets military service members who live in rural areas and have limited access to the specialized services they may require.Services offered under the SHARE Initiative include neuropsychological evaluation to assess for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive therapy and counseling. Additional services include assistive technology devices, cognitive prosthetics
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