Healing American GIs’ Brains

Posted December 4, 2015 at 6:08am

ICYMI: The Wall Street Journal ran a “Weekend Interview” with Arnold Fisher on “Healing the Brains of American GIs: Intrepid Centers are making remarkable progress against the ‘signature wounds’ of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.”  

The piece begins: “When Arnold Fisher mustered out of the U.S. Army in 1954 after a stint in Korea, he left as a corporal. But he didn’t leave the service.”  

“Through his day job at the family real-estate business, Mr. Fisher long ago made his mark on the New York City skyline by building several high-profile office towers. Now he is in his ninth decade, and this Veterans Day will find the Fisher Brothers’ senior partner aiming much higher than skyscrapers. Today his obsession is the human brain—specifically, how Americans can help our warriors who return from the battlefield with injuries few understand.”  

“’You take a guy who’s missing half an arm or in a wheelchair and everyone can see what he needs,’ says Mr. Fisher, sitting in a midtown Manhattan office whose knickknacks include a personal letter from George W. Bush and a knighthood signed by Queen Elizabeth. ‘But when a guy comes back and looks normal but doesn’t act normal, we don’t know what to do. And we’ve got hundreds of thousands of these people.’”