WHO
WE ARE

David R. Metcalf Invisible Wounds Foundation was established to address the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) on the well-being of the Naval Special Warfare and special operations active duty personnel, Veterans and their families.

DAVID’S STORY

In 2019, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade David R. Metcalf, a decorated Navy SEAL combat operator, took his life after serving several tours through the Pacific, Iraq and Afghanistan. David wrote a letter to his wife, Jamie, detailing his symptoms that aligned with TBI and CTE resulting from brain injuries received in training and combat. Following David’s death, Jamie recognized the importance of sharing her husband’s story in hopes of helping other families.

Today, Jamie, together with David R. Metcalf Invisible Wounds Foundation co-founders Shannon and Frank Finn, parents of an active-duty Navy SEAL, are dedicated to serving the Naval Special Warfare and special operations communities by addressing the impact of brain injury.

WHAT
WE DO

Working alongside clinicians and the Naval Special Warfare and special operations communities, we address the impact of TBI and CTE through research and programming designed to advance brain health care for the well-being of our military and their families.

David R. Metcalf Foundation will fund research and programming to advance brain health care for early detection and intervention, including:

• Enhanced brain injury evaluations, including baseline brain health assessments

• Innovative brain injury screening technology for use during training and combat deployments

• Improved care and wellness solutions for active-duty military personnel, Veterans and their families

WHY
OUR
MISSION
MATTERS

Through their training, deployments and transition back to civilian life, Navy SEALs and their families face challenges like no other. The clandestine nature of their operations and potential for mental and physical injuries require the highest level of assessment and care. Studies show that special warfare operators like David are nearly 30% more likely to die by suicide than members of conventional military forces. Early detection of TBI and CTE can help improve quality of life for active-duty military personnel, Veterans and their families.

WHO WE ARE

David R. Metcalf Invisible Wounds Foundation was established to address the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) on the well-being of the Naval Special Warfare and special operations active duty personnel, Veterans and their families.

DAVID’S STORY

In 2019, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade David R. Metcalf, a decorated Navy SEAL combat operator, took his life after serving several tours through the Pacific, Iraq and Afghanistan. David wrote a letter to his wife, Jamie, detailing his symptoms that aligned with TBI and CTE resulting from brain injuries received in training and combat. Following David’s death, Jamie recognized the importance of sharing her husband’s story in hopes of helping other families.

Today, Jamie, together with David R. Metcalf Invisible Wounds Foundation co-founders Shannon and Frank Finn, parents of an active-duty Navy SEAL, are dedicated to serving the Naval Special Warfare and special operations communities by addressing the impact of brain injury.

WHAT WE DO

Working alongside clinicians and the Naval Special Warfare and special operations communities, we address the impact of TBI and CTE through research and programming designed to advance brain health care for the well-being of our military and their families.

David R. Metcalf Foundation will fund research and programming to advance brain health care for early detection and intervention, including:

• Enhanced brain injury evaluations, including baseline brain health assessments

• Innovative brain injury screening technology for use during training and combat deployments

• Improved care and wellness solutions for active-duty military personnel, Veterans and their families

WHY OUR
MISSION MATTERS

Through their training, deployments and transition back to civilian life, Navy SEALs and their families face challenges like no other. The clandestine nature of their operations and potential for mental and physical injuries require the highest level of assessment and care. Studies show that special warfare operators like David are nearly 30% more likely to die by suicide than members of conventional military forces. Early detection of TBI and CTE can help improve quality of life for active-duty military personnel, Veterans and their families.

David R. Metcalf Invisible Wounds Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

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