John Rich opens home for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund reception - WKRN News 2

John Rich opens home for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund reception

Posted: Updated: June 12, 2013 06:10 PM

When John Rich takes the stage in his house and invites a few people over, you never know who is going to join him with a guitar.

Wednesday night, it was country star Larry Gatlin.

Rich invited musicians, politicians from both side of the aisle and donors to his house for a kick-off celebration for the Intrepid Spirit III.

There is a ground breaking for the center Thursday at Ft. Campbell.

"It is not a fundraiser tonight; it is to understand what the problem is and how we are going to fix it. And how we are going to fix it is we are going to raise several million dollars between now and December and we're going to break ground at Ft. Campbell and build a mental health facility that lasts forever," said Rich.

Rich and other speakers encouraged people to donate to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

That money will help create centers at major military bases around the country to help service men and women suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury.

Staff Sergeant, Alvis Domerese received treatment from one of the facilities and spoke about its importance at the event.

"In 2004, my vehicle was struck with a roadside bomb. I took a large piece of shrapnel to my head. It took me out for a while, about 2 years," said Domerese.

Domerese doesn't remember much about those two years but thanks to the Intrepid Fund, he is getting the help he needs.

"I don't care what side of the fence you are on, we take care of the people who take care of us," said Rich.

The groundbreaking for the Intrepid Spirit III in Ft. Campbell is set for Thursday, News 2 will be there.

There is not enough money to build the facility yet, but members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund are acting on faith; and it doesn't hurt to have country music star, John Rich, his wife Joan and their friends show their support.

The fund has provided close to $120 million in support of military families.

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