Our Heroes.
Our Inspiration.

Sgt. Zachary W. McBride

OIF Representative
On January 9, 2008, 20 year old Sgt. Zachary McBride lost his life after he and 5 of his comrades entered a home in Sinsil, Iraq, which was booby trapped with explosives. Sgt. McBride had chosen to defray college life and the promise of scholarships, and instead volunteered for the ARMY. Like so many young volunteers, Zachary was in school when he watched the events of 9/11 and decided, on that day, that he would join the Army. His death changed many worlds that day, one of which was the founder of Resurrecting Lives, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon. On that day, she dedicated herself to making a change for our returning veterans.

Staff Sgt. Brian F. Piercy

OEF Representative
On July 19, 2010, 27-year-old U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brian F. Piercy, 82nd Airborne Division, died in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents denotated an improvised explosive device where he was walking. Piercy, always a leader and a patriot, is one of eight young heroes who have perished in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from his high school in Clovis, California. His brother, Kevin, also served with him at Fort Bragg. Brian is the inspiration for the Fort Bragg employment program that will allow military members to obtain a job and an education prior to military separation.

Our Logo

Our logo shows military members emerging from the “Rorschach Test.” The Rorschach inkblot test, the Rorschach technique, or simply “the inkblot test” has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly. The test is named after its creator, Swiss physiologist Hermann Rorschach. We want to emphasize to our returning military heroes with Traumatic Brain Injury that they are “out of their brains, not out of their minds.”

The most common inkblot is the butterfly, pictured in our logo. This signifies the many changes that occur when a person goes to war, and then returns. No other living creature changes more than the butterfly. No other creature is more beautiful nor signifies freedom more than the butterfly. We salute our heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan who survived the war to return to us, and we are here to assist with rehab and reintegration, helping them to stay firmly grounded while finding their “wings.” Resurrecting Lives Foundation salutes graphic designer, Emmy Hoy Mitchell for her creativity in developing our logo. We appreciate her ongoing commitment in time, energy and creativity to our heroes, and our foundation.

The Facts

  • Treating TBI/PTSD is a necessity; NOT an option. Prompt diagnosis and treatment diminishes complications and improves employment and education opportunities.

  • TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) has been estimated in 20-25% of the nearly 3.2 million returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, and an estimated 30% have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

  • Conventional neuroimaging studies such as the MRI and CAT scan do not reveal the pathology of a mild TBI. Newer technology, such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging and functional MRI must be utilized to further the diagnosis and treatment of the nearly 450,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with TBI.

  • The conditions caused by TBI are unforgiving, and include substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness, incarceration and even suicide.

  • Alarming recent statistics released by the DOD/VA indicate that 1.3 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans commit suicide daily.

Awareness

As a non-political organization, we will advocate for TBI veterans within their local communities, assisting their local hospitals and clinics to provide services and support to families and friends who are helping TBI veterans move forward. In addition, we will actively partner with other established 501(c)(3) organizations to coordinate programs and resources such as providing job training and career opportunities to TBI veterans following their treatment and during their ongoing recovery.
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