The Origin of "UFC: Fight for the Troops"

The UFC has always been military-friendly, but it looks like Lorenzo has contacts in all walks of life:

The organizations are working with the Department of Defense to help build the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a research facility in Bethesda, Md., that will be dedicated to treating troops who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

The organizations have already raised $50 million.

"This will go a long way to reach our goal," said Arnold Fisher, vice chairman of Fisher House.

Fisher contacted UFC co-founder Lorenzo Fertitta, an old friend, about six months ago about raising money for the project.

Good on the UFC for using their resources to help wounded veterans. My old XO had a brain anuerism in Iraq and has waded through more than five crainioplasties in Walter Reed. Witnessing what he and other wounded vets must wade through makes the word "taxing" seem like a quiant euphimism. Let's hope that despite a shrinkage in disposable income Americans open their pocketbooks to this very worthy cause.

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