SAS Golf Tournament Support The SHARE PROGRAM at The Shepherd Center
The SHARE (Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence) Military Initiative began in 2008 in order to provide a continuum of rehabilitation care for soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving the US on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since SHARE’s inception, the program has served over 200 individuals, from all service branches. The program typically treats 8-12 wounded warriors at a time.
Over time, the program has come to focus primarily on servicemen and women who have suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, considered by many to be the “signature injury” of the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts. Symptoms associated with this type of injury include deficiencies in physical functioning (balance and dizziness), behavioral functioning (irritability and emotional distress) and cognitive functioning (memory, attention and concentration).
The Rotary Club of Brookhaven, its members, event sponsors and golfers have contributed over $650,000 since 2009 to support Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative through an annual golf tournament.
SHARE began in 2008 to provide rehabilitation care for military service members who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and are living with Post-Traumatic Stress while serving during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, over 310,000 service members have been diagnosed with mild TBIs since 2000, and they are considered to be the “signature injury” of the wars.
The SHARE program capitalizes on the expertise that Shepherd Center developed for treating TBIs and insures our wounded warriors receive the proper care in a timely fashion to enable their re-entry into civilian or military life.
At this writing, our goal is to exceed $250,000 for the 2018 tournament.