Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund receives $175,000 to help veterans with brain injuriesU.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer Second Class Yasmine T. Muhammad, NHCP Public Affairs
After a month-long fundraiser, Motor Home Specialist, a family-owned RV company, donated $175,000 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a nonprofit organization that funds efforts specializing in veteran rehabilitation, brain injuries and financial assistance for families of active duty soldiers.
All money from this donation will be contributed to a new medical facility that will serve soldiers with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and psychological health conditions – an Intrepid Spirit center, in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
“We are extremely honored to once again make a donation on behalf of Motor Home Specialist and thank our loyal customers who helped make this possible,” said Donny O’Banion, CEO of Motor Home Specialist, according to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund website.
“This is the fourth year we have had the privilege of donating to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. It is always a highlight and overwhelmingly positive experience for our family and our team. We are incredibly proud to do our part in supporting our nation’s service members,” O’Banion said.
For every RV that Motor Home Specialist sold in May, the company donated $1,000 to the new Intrepid Spirit center. Through all of the fundraisers from previous years combined, the donation totals $575,000.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund opened five Intrepid Spirit centers across the country and two more are under construction. Each facility, about 25,000 square feet, is equipped with the most advanced technology and medical equipment available.
The Motor Home Specialist donation comes in the midst of a $100 million fundraiser to build nine similar medical facilities in the U.S. Each facility costs about $12.5 million to complete.
“We are only able to do the work that we do with the support of people like the O’Banion family and companies like Motor Home Specialist,” said David Winters, President of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, according to the fund’s website.
“Every cent of this donation will help us build an Intrepid Spirit center and ensure that our country’s heroes who suffer from TBI and psychological health conditions get the best care available. We are so grateful to Motor Home Specialist and their customers whose generosity will help our service members at Camp Pendleton on their road to recovery,” Winters said.
Motor Home Specialist has grown since 1999 from a small RV business to the number one seller of 15 different motor home brands in the world.