America’s Military Heroes Are Serving Today on Battlefields Much Closer to Home
As a rehabilitation physician focused on healing the physical and emotional wounds of military veterans, especially those still struggling with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suffered in their service to America, I am very aware of new challenges facing so many of them today. Nearly 750,000 American heroes, injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, still struggle daily with these issues. But now a harsh new reality is making health care, education and employment even more challenging than ever.
RLF Salutes Thoroughbred Racing and NBC’s Coverage of the 152nd Belmont Stakes
On June 20th, 2020, the 152nd Belmont Stakes was run. NBC Sports reporter Tim Layden covered the famous horse race with a thought provoking and deeply touching article, available here.
City Barbeque Does it Again….Support Our Veterans With a New Tumbler
City BBQ is once again partnering with Resurrecting Lives Foundation to raise money through special new-year tumbler sales.
During the first quarter of 2020, the restaurant is offering a new artist-designed limited-edition refillable tumbler for just $10. The cup, which sells
Ambassador Spotlight: Dean Krance
A “Question and Answer” Session with Long-Time Resurrecting Lives Foundation Ambassador and Supporter, Dean Krance of Amvets Post 26.
Team Chivington: Riding for Veterans
Doug Chivington seems to be motivated by one thing: helping veterans. Each week he gets on his bike and rides over 2000 miles to build his endurance and train for his upcoming competition. Just like the postal service, through rain, wind and snow- you can find Doug out on the road, cycling.
Twenty-Four Hours of Honor
This Veterans Day, Resurrecting Lives Foundation (RLF) set out to uniquely honor those who so bravely served our country. Using social media to reach a wider audience, RLF created our first annual “24 Hours of Honor.” Every hour, a different veteran was honored with a tweet and Facebook post from RLF’s social media channels, sharing their photo and story. Nominations were collected through resurrectinglives.org in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day. Service members from far and wide were nominated by friends, family members and colleagues and represented Hawaii, New York and everything in-between. We continue to honor these heroes, and all other US veterans.
Grateful for Military Families
Sharing stories helps to bring meaning into our lives. They also help to bind generations together and they can often solidify friendships. I remember my father telling me how proud he was, when he was nine years old, watching his brother Carl march down the main street of Ridgway, Pennsylvania in the welcoming home parade at the end of WWI.
If It’s Given to You, You Need to Give It Back
Randy and Brenda Johnson just wanted to start up a little fun- a regular country get-together for friends and neighbors to have a good time. They recall sitting in the Bollinger County (Missouri) Country Club Bar and Restaurant, chatting about their idea in 2013. Their buddy, Warren Miller, liked the idea, and figured they ought to have some seed money…. so he sent them a check for $1000. With money in hand, they realized the idea was “starting to get real now.”
Gratitude to U.S. Veterans
November means Thanksgiving in the US, with the turkey-and-pie it implies….but it also signifies the time of year when we generally express our gratitude: “thank you” gifts to teachers, the mail carrier, friends and neighbors; prayers at the dinner table focused on things for which we are grateful; handshakes and hugs and carols and greeting cards to those in our lives we don’t want to forget.
Ed Heckathorn: Serving after Duty
When I was first contacted by the Foundation to write for the newsletter, I was honored, excited, and nervous about having to come up with something to write. Then I thought, “Wait, why me? I don’t have TBI, nor do I have PTSD.” That said, I do have a story. As a matter of fact, we all have a story, a story worth sharing.
RLF in the Community:
Doug Chivington is combining his passion for ultra-distance cycling and supporting military veterans into a yearlong quest to educate others about traumatic brain injuries and the mission of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.
From the Board: Seth Freshly
I grew up in Northeast Ohio with my older brother and parents. I knew I wanted to serve from a young age, due to the fascination towards adventure, machinery, and might that the military exudes. While in my sophomore year at high school, the attacks on September 11, 2001 marked the moment I sealed my decision to join the military.
Those who came back scarred…
It has been 18 years since the horrific September 11 attacks that took the lives of thousands of people and shocked and yet mobilized our nation. In New York, Virginia, and rural Pennsylvania, first responders shouldered the terrible burden of being first on the scene, attempting to preserve and respect life. Many of them carried away injuries of the body or soul… or were not able to walk away at all.
Hitting the links for Veterans with TBI
Cardinal Health’s employees once again staged a fair, successful, and fun golf outing at the Golf Club of Dublin on August 25, 2019, in order to raise awareness for veterans with TBI or PTSD who do their best to play the ball as it lies. This fourth annual fundraiser welcomed 121 golfers in 31 teams, who competed for bragging rights and door prizes, and general all-around camaraderie.
RLF in the Community: “Living with TBI: a Conversation on Working, Socializing, and Thriving”
In partnership with Duquesne University Office of Military and Veteran Students, Veterans Breakfast Club, and The Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, Resurrecting Lives Foundation founder Chrisanne Gordon, MD, will host a panel discussion this month on Living with TBI. This community conversation will focus on those who’ve experienced traumatic brain injury and have learned not only to live with it, but to thrive.
Ohio Cyclist Inspired to Ride for Veterans
MARYSVILLE, OHIO – Doug Chivington is combining his passion for ultra-distance cycling and supporting military veterans into a yearlong quest to educate others about traumatic brain injuries and the mission of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.
Author Stan Crader Directs Book Proceeds to Help Struggling Veterans
“I’m inspired to write or speak when there’s something to be said,” he said. “Rural America, when responsibility ruled the day, is slowly evaporating…and is now replaced by sidewalk-free neighborhoods filled with kids looking at their screens and texting a friend who is nearby.”
Resurrecting Lives Foundation expands it Employment Initiative to Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC.
While visiting at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Dr Chrisanne Gordon was able to visit the United States Marine Corps, Wound Warrior Battalion East (WWBn-E) of the Wounded Warrior Regiment. The Marine Corps through the Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR), has made an enduring commitment to keep faith with those who sacrificed much.
March is TBI Awareness Month- are you aware?
Dr. Gordon, founder of Resurrecting Lives Foundation, with the assistance of writer Andrew Milller, is bringing this message of hope and recovery to TV and radio to spread awareness of TBI for our military members who may be injured in training as well as combat.
March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month
Three decades ago, Brain Injury Awareness Month was established to educate the public about brain injuries and the needs of those with brain injury, including mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A mild TBI is caused by a bump, blow, jolt or penetration to the head that can lead to short or long-term changes affecting thinking, language, sensation or emotion.
Healing by Sharing the Pain
When faced with a choice, she chose hope, even if she felt little. She also chose to acknowledge that she had an illness – a medical problem – “rather than a sign of weakness, as is ingrained in our culture. I said to myself, ‘People here at the hospital think I’m sick – they are treating this as a disease.’ So I allowed myself to be sick.”
DVBIC’s A Head for the Future: resources outlining prevention and recovery from TBI
Stories can deliver powerful messages. Witness the video stories of our own RLF ambassadors Wendell Guillermo and Christopher Lawrence, or of Amanda Burrill or Luis Carlos Montalván or Bradley Lee – veterans all, and all afflicted with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their brief but impactful stories talk about the pain and difficulty of finding diagnosis, and also of the hope and power of recovery. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center’s (DVBIC) A Head for the Future website is a treasure trove of these inspiring stories.
A Guiding Light
At the 80 or so Fisher Houses near military and VA medical centers across the US and Europe, families can stay close to their military or veteran loved one during a hospitalization. Since the beginnings of Fisher House Foundation in 1990, hundreds of families have benefited from this free, temporary housing, helping them to focus as a family on getting better.
RLF in the Community
Focusing on TBI Awareness during the month of March, RLF’s Chrisanne Gordon, MD, will take to the road to share the story of her own TBI and recovery, as well as the scope of TBI and PTSD in our young veterans, via radio and television talk shows over the coming weeks:
RLF Employment Initiative 2019
I was asked recently why I joined RLF as the Employment Director. My response was simply, “I have a deep respect for our veterans and want to advocate for them.” My clinical experience in complementary medicine (i.e., Traditional Chinese Medicine) as well as human resources/ talent management provides me a unique opportunity to give back to our veteran community.
March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month
As a civilian, one can take for granted the connection between civilians and the military. Over the last few decades there has been an erosion of understanding of our civic responsibilities. One unique make up of our democratic republic is that the military is under civilian control. As such the citizens of this country have a unique responsibility for our military. Through our votes, we indirectly determine where and with whom our military will be engaged. We also indirectly become responsible for individuals when they return home.
Turn the Lights On opens 2019 on nationally aired “The Frankie Boyer Show”
Chrisanne Gordon, MD, founder and chair of Resurrecting Lives Foundation, brought the plight of veterans with TBI to a national discussion on internet radio’s The Frankie Boyer Show on January 10. The interview, focused on the hope of treatment for TBI and on what more the country can do for our veterans, opened a series of planned discussions on veterans with TBI or PTSD on a national scale. Listen to the interview on BizTalkRadio at Interview
Let 2019 be the Year of Involvement
Now, in 2019, is the time for involvement. It is only through involvement – at your work place, your community, your hospitals, your schools, your places of worship – that all will learn about the reintegration struggles that exists for individuals and family members who offer their lives to protect our freedoms.
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