To facilitate comprehensive treatment and provide a support network for military veterans, professional athletes and their families.



about us

The Eisenhower Center is a 30-45 day residential treatment program that pairs military veterans and retired professional athletes.  Since opening four years ago, they quickly realized veterans and athletes have a natural camaraderie. They become curious about each other's experiences, which foster communication, they gain a greater sense of community, and it enhances empathy with each other.  In the military and professional sports, both populations train, play, win and lose together- it only makes sense they heal together.  



Two trusted entities, The Independence Fund and Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, have joined forces and formed the AFTER THE IMPACT FUND (ATIF). ATIF was created to ensure these veterans and legends receive the treatment and guidance they need, while endeavoring to exponentially increase the number of veterans, athletes and their families, who can be helped. By contributing to this fund, you will be partnering with two established organizations with a history of leadership in helping their respective populations. 


Opening Early 2017



Our Services


Core Treatment Offering - The Eisenhower Group

Eisenhower Group’s 30-45 day residential therapeutic treatment program addresses education and care for individuals with health/behavioral issues from post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress, mTBI or other similar diagnosis.

Family Program

Provide independent and trusted resources to veterans and players’ families.


Substance abuse & addiction programs, memory care, endocrine deficiency testing, orthopedics, orthopedic PT/OT/Rehab, cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, Stem Cell Therapy Intravenous and Orthopedic Site Injection, surgical center, imaging center.

Non-Medical Offerings

Vocational, career and financial planning assistance, performance center, dining room, business center, recreation room, residential suites, courtyard, and game room.

“I know that just because I attended this program that my injuries and problems are not going to just disappear; but I now have the motivation, support and tools to confront them - and to start living a healthier and happier life.”
— Veteran Marine Alumni


Board of directors


Coach Mike Ditka (Emeritus)

Former NFL Player, Coach and on-air Commentator. Three-time Super Bowl Champion and two-time NFL Coach of the Year. Member of both the College and Professional Halls of Fame.

Coach Dan Reeves

Former NFL Player and Coach. Two-time Super Bowl Champion and two-time NFL Coach of the Year.



Brig. Gen. Rich Gross, US Army (ret.)

More than 30 years of military service, culminating as the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; currently a partner with the law firm of FH+H PLLC.

Matt Birk

Harvard educated, 15-year NFL Veteran, two-time All Pro and six-time Pro Bowl Selection, Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and Walter Payton Man of The Year.



Art Pue

Former Army Special Forces Green Beret and Bronze Star Medal recipient. Current President of Engineering Sales Associates.



Partner at Handler Thayer LLP, and Chair of the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Philanthropy practice.  Representing athletes, artists and other public figures who wish to maximize social impact.

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Contact us to learn more about our Individual and Corporate Partnership Programs or to learn more about our services.