Fire Fighter Holding CatAn Invisible Hero is a Veteran or first respondent such as a Firefighter, EMT or Police Officer who is battling invisible wounds such as PTSD, TBI, injuries and/or other invisible disabilities.

In 2011, the Invisible Disabilities Association launched the Invisible Heroes Campaign. IDA presented the first Invisible Heroes Award at our Annual Awards Gala that same year, paving the way for amazing heroes to be acknowledged for their sacrifice, perseverance and passion for their cause.


2016 Invisible Heroes Award: Steffan Tubbs. Executive Producer and Director of ACRONYM: The Cross-Generational Battle with PTSD  

2015 Invisible Heroes Award: Josh Rizzo. Co-founder and Executive Director, PTSD United

2014 Invisible Heroes Award: Heather Ehle. CEO and Founder of Project Sanctuary

2013 Invisible Heroes Award: Jennifer Brusstar. CEO, Tug McGraw Foundation

2012 Invisible Heroes Award Recipient: Anna Bigham. Founder, Hidden Wounds

2012 Inspiration Award Recipient: Bob Woodruff. Founder of and Bob Woodruff Foundation

2011 Invisible Heroes Award Recipient: Former Captain Luis Carlos Montalván

2011 Volunteer Honorable Mention and IDA Ambassador: Juliet Madsen. US Army Retired

The Invisible War with Luis Carlos Montelván and Tuesday