Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide financial assistance to families of children and youth who are receiving medical treatment and care for brain injuries and other neurological injuries and conditions including, but not limited to spinal cord injuries and Multiple Sclerosis.
In 2011, 14-year-old Andee Poulos had just returned to school from holiday break when a severe headache turned out to be internal bleeding from an extremely rare acquired brain injury called a Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). As typical with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries, the AVM went undetected until a rupture caused sudden internal bleeding within the brain.
Although Andee was trapped in a body that couldn’t walk, talk, eat, or barely see, she began an inspiring journey of recovery with a determination and faith that amazed her many friends, loved ones, and people who did not know her at all. Thankfully, four years later, Andee is again walking and talking and has returned to school as a straight A student.
The Army: Mission and Vision
With the same steadfast resolve as Andee, a wide circle of friends and family formed Andee’s Army Inc., a 501 c3 non profit organization, in 2011 to identify and help families of children with non-traumatic acquired brain injuries who are in most need of resources not covered by medical insurance or related expenses.
In 2014, the mission of Andee’s Army was expanded to include all neurological injuries in order to offer hope, resources and support to more children and youth facing similar devastating life altering challenges. Our vision is that all children and youth affected by these neurological injuries will have access to uninsured medical expenses and related resources that are necessary to aid in their personal recovery and rehabilitation. Eligible expenses for consideration include therapies, doctors and related specialists, home health aids, durable equipment, assistive technology equipment and basic home modifications.
Expanding Our Reach:
The Shepherd Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Andee’s Army has strengthened our partnerships with Shepherd Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, offering every resource possible to restore and rehabilitate each child and adolescent.
Additionally, Andee’s Army has established a multi-year endowment fund that will be administered through Shepherd Center, a leading rehabilitation hospital, to support rehabilitative medical treatment and home care needs for adolescents for needs not typically covered by insurance or other compensation sources.
By the end of 2015, Andee’s Army Inc. has extended our mission and reach from just a few children to over 100 families faced with the life-changing trials of brain and spinal cord injuries and other neurological injuries and conditions.