RLF salutes the incredible team at STIHL, Inc. and Stan Crader, President, Crader Distributing Company- Blue Mountain Equipment (CDC-BME) for their support of RLF and our American heroes with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Stihl has donated over $67,000 to our mission and they continue to be a strong supporter.
Stan frequently quotes one of George Washington’s sayings, Facta Non Verba, (Deeds Not Words) and exemplifies that saying by supporting America’s heroes. Proceeds from Stan’s books have always been donated to charitable organizations. Through a mutual friend, Stan was introduced to Chrisanne Gordon and Resurrecting Lives. Moments into his first conversation with Chrisanne, hearing the passion in her voice, and learning of RLF’s prodigious mission on behalf of America’s warriors, the decision to join Resurrecting Lives Foundation Board seemed providential.

In addition to his success as a businessman, Stan is also an accomplished author.  He authored the Colby series of books, which include The Bridge, Paperboy and The Longest Year.  All of Stan’s literary works focus on stories of growing up in the 1960’s and highlight the sense the community and family values that existed at that time in rural America.  He drew upon his own experiences growing up and working odd jobs to inspire his stories.  All of the proceeds from the sale of these books go to support the mission of Resurrecting Lives Foundation.  www.stancrader.com

RLF thanks Stan for his continuing dedication and support of our American warriors that have returned home with TBI. We salute him as an outstanding patriot and friend. On behalf of the RLF community, Thank You!

Check out Stihl’s latest Father’s Day commercial, Please Click Here  or on  the picture below.  Please note, Stan in the final frames.







Stan Crader, Board Member

Author, Businessman, Patriot

Stan Crader was born and raised in Bollinger County Missouri. Coming of age in rural Missouri provided him the material for many of the rich characters in his books. He credits the variety of jobs and the people with which he has worked for providing him his creative foundation. While growing up, his jobs included paper routes, mowing lawns, grocery store carry out, farm equipment set-up, sawmills, and janitor. One learns a great deal about people when they see what groceries they purchase.
After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Missouri, where he fully realized the uniqueness of his hometown. He met his wife Debbie at a Missouri / Nebraska football game, in which Missouri won. Stan and Debbie live in the Bollinger County area where they raised three boys and a golden retriever.
Stan is known for the unusual. He once caught a bat at a Cardinal baseball game, he and his wife were invited to the home of Stan and Lillian Musial, he flew the Atlantic in a Cessna, and his grandfather filmed him jumping a creek on a motorcycle.
He’s President of a small family business that sells Stihl chainsaws and power tools. He was once elected city councilman of Marble Hill, the town where he came of age. In that capacity, he gained a new respect for those that serve as volunteers in small towns. The mayor he served as councilman was also his former elementary school music teacher, which made for an interesting dynamic.

At Resurrecting Lives Foundation, our mantra is Resurrect a Hero—Strengthen a Nation.
We believe that by employing our American veterans we can make America stronger. If you want to support our mission and donate, click on the donate button, top of page. If you have any suggestions on this website, or if you wish to join our mission as a volunteer, please email pworley@resurrectinglives.org

June is PTSD Awareness Month

As medical research is now proving, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is a form a brain injury where there is a chemical pathway change within the brain causing recurring feelings of stress, reliving of a traumatic incident, and, in some people, failure to be able to move on with their lives after trauma. Literally, our veterans are out of their brains, not out of their minds.

Since the Vietnam Era, one Army psychologist, Colonel (Ret.) Bart Billings, PhD, has been an advocate for PTSD reform; treating this survival technique with a holistic approach to wellness, rather than with psychotropic medications which often worsen the condition.  Dr. Billings has been recognized by many national organizations as an expert in this field, and is author of the recent Amazon Best Seller on the topic,
INVISIBLE SCARS. Here is Dr. Billings healing message to all veterans, military members, and their families.

In my book Invisible Scars, I Talk about how a medical school department chairman received a few million dollars to research and determine whether or not individuals with traumatic brain injuries may also experience posttraumatic stress  (PTS). As the philosopher Josh Billings once stated, common sense is instinct and enough of its genius. In this situation common sense would tell you that if an individual sustains an abnormal physical injury (TBI), they will have normal reactions with one of them being post traumatic stress. Millions of dollars wasted that could have gone toward direct treatment.

Post traumatic stress is simply a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. When individuals go to combat or through any time of type of military training, they are in an abnormal situation and their normal reactions will be such things as nightmares, hyper vigilance, anxiety in certain situations , etc. If they don’t experience these normal reactions to being in an abnormal situation, than there are questions about their mental condition prior to being deployed. Same thing applies to the civilian community, i.e., sudden surgery, child abuse, etc.

What we have to do is teach these people that they are having normal situations and experiences to the abnormal situations in their life and learn integrative treatment modalities to return to normal both physiologically and psychologically.

Therefore, if anyone sustains a traumatic brain injury, that is an abnormal experience and normal reactions would be posttraumatic stress type symptoms. Both the post traumatic stress and  brain rehabilitation should involve integrative treatment modalities and should in all instances, avoid brain altering psychiatric medications, which have as their first black box warning suicidality.

Bart P. Billings,Ph.D.
COL SCNG-SC, Military Medical Directorate (Ret.)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist CA PSY
-Director/Founder International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference
-Recipient of the 2014 Human Rights Award from Citizens Commission on Human Rights International & The University Of Scranton “Frank O’Hara Award” in 2016.

http://bartpbillings.com (“Invisible Scars” – Book Website)

Colonel Bart Billings, Psychologist—Help our Veterans, Don’t Label & Drug Them – You Tube Video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=F02HElsg8uI)




Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen a Nation

Let 2017 be the year that we make health care accessible for our Veterans – even those with complex neurological issues secondary to TBI/PTSD and enable them to have a productive, happy, successful career outside the military, as a valued member of the civilian world. Please feel free to to send us your comments, suggestions, and stories to:

We are here.  We are listening.  We are advocating for you – and our nation.

Very Respectfully,

Chrisanne Gordon, MD
Founder and Chairwoman



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