Barbecue for the Red, White & Blue
Barbecue for the Red, White & Blue is a BBQ and music event to raise funds and awareness for the SHARE initiative at Shepherd Center who provide a continuum of rehabilitation care for soldiers who have sustained traumatic brain injuries.
WHAT IS THE SHARE INITIATIVE?
The SHARE (Shaping Hope and Recovery Excellence) 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 military patients in the SHARE Initiative receive their care at no cost to them or their families. On average, insurance providers pay only 37 cents of every dollar's cost of care, leaving Shepherd Center to cover the remainder of the costs. As a result, Shepherd Center must raise approximately $100,000 each month to fund the SHARE program.
Shepherd Center is one of the few civilian rehab facilities in the entire nation to develop a dedicated and separate military patient program. SHARE provides a comprehensive continuum of care, specifically tailored to meet the needs of each client, including complimentary housing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, speech therapy, therapeutic recreation and legal, financial and psychological counseling, among many other programs.
All of these activities are available in one centralized location and are supervised by the same medical team, so that all aspects of a client's care are working in concert with each other, as opposed to a more fragmented system that many of our clients have experienced throughout their time in military treatment systems.
Beyond treating the injuries and associated symptoms that our patients have been afflicted with, SHARE provides a wide variety of additional programs that, although unfunded by insurance, are integral to the recovery and community reintegration of our wounded warriors.
SHARE Military Initiative ensures access to care that may be unfunded.
Galleria Gardens (View)
Galleria Pkwy (at Galleria Dr)
Atlanta, GA 30339
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|