City Barbeque program assists veterans with traumatic brain injuries
All sales of tumblers go to Resurrecting Lives Foundation
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 12, 2016) — City Barbecue will donate all profits from sales of its limited edition drink tumblers to Resurrecting Lives Foundation, an organization that assists veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
Tumblers, which cost $5, can be used for free refills through March. Last year City Barbeque helped raise more than $12,000 to support Resurrecting Lives.
Resurrecting Lives Foundation assists in the recovery and reintegration of Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans by defining the brain pathology and by developing protocols for recovery. They advocate for returning heroes and their families for collaborations with civilian institutions to provide health care, education and employment.
City Barbecue has been involved in other veterans programs, giving away free meals to veterans on Veteran’s Day, as well as contributing to Elderheart’s Mission 22 awareness campaign.
“It’s a big part of our company culture,” said Brian Hipsher, VP of marketing for City Barbeque, “Our employees really care about our communities, and we help however we can.”
In addition to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, company-wide charity ties include ongoing partnerships with Future Farmers of America, Food Rescue—which collaborates with local food banks to freeze and donate any quality leftovers at each City Barbeque location—and local Cancer Research organizations.
All locations partner with local organizations to give back to the communities in their backyards. As a company initiative City Barbeque allows any non-profit to host fundraisers at their locations with 25 percent of sales brought in going directly back to their cause. In 2015, City Barbeque donated more than $300,000 to local organizations.
Songs of Inspiration
A Soldiers Song written by Mel Harker and sung by David Meza. A song for all ages in the Defense of Freedom and the loss veterans feel when they lose one of their own. To listen to the Song and view the video click on the picture below.
The Soldiers Song can be downloaded and purchased at the Apple ITunes store for 99 cents. All proceeds go to support our Veterans at Resurrecting Lives. Please Click here to go to the ITunes Store.
Our Second Song – Hometown Battlefield written and sung by JP Cormier is a song about the trials and effects of PTSD and TBI on our Canadian Friends and Veterans. To listen to the Song and view the video click on the picture below.
The song Hometown Battlefield can be downloaded and purchased at the Apple ITunes store for 99 cents. Please Click here to go to the ITunes Store.
Resurrecting Lives Foundation announces our 2016 Employment Initiative: “INVEST in VETS” Program
Providing employment for our returning heroes with TBI with employers interested in a long term commitments and opportunities for advancement, education, and growth.
Resurrect a HERO – Strengthen a Nation
1. 2.5 million men and women have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 13 years, and it is estimated that nearly 450,000 suffer from mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of their service. Rand Corporation predicts TBI in 20 % of our military. www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9336/index1.html
2. TBI is manifested by memory problems, processing difficulties, and, at times, difficulty learning new information without proper training. However, the treatment through cognitive retraining and vocational initiatives utilizing military discipline and skills will retrain the brain for civilian employment. – In these young brains, retraining is key, and connecting the hero with TBI with an employer willing to take a few extra weeks of training, is, our 2016 mission. Employment is key to resurrecting these warriors.
3. Unemployment rates among our heroes remain high, higher than the non-veteran, or, around 9% for post 9/11 Veterans. www.adn.com/2014/03/20/3384751/higher-jobless-rates-for-iraq.html
4. More Discharges with military draw down will increase the need for employment.
5. Our mission in 2016 is to connect our heroes with mTBI to an employer with positions matching the Veterans skills and aptitudes and to continue the long term relationship for reintegration and advancement.
6. We will enlighten employers of the many benefits in employing Veterans.
7. We will seek to provide employment for heroes and their families by starting a model in OHIO which can be replicated throughout the nation. We will partner with national companies with the opportunities of hiring men/women of multiple skill sets.
WON’T YOU JOIN US?
Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen YOUR company.
Chrisanne Gordon, MD Founder and Executive Director Resurrecting Lives Foundation
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