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Tribute to Paul Vogel, Sr.

October 2nd, 2017

On the morning of September 28, 2017 Paul Vogel passed away. Paul was the CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapels in Merrillville and in Hobart and Rendina Funeral Home. Paul will always be in the hearts of anyone who ever had the pleasure to meet him. He was a truly great patriot and was dedicated to any veteran-related clause.

On September 28th, our Resurrecting Lives Foundation (RLF) lost one of our most important supporters, a champion of veterans causes from every branch of service, every war, every conflict, every situation. Paul Vogel Sr., took RLF under his mentorship very early on in our mission to provide our veterans with a thriving life after military service, especially our vets who may be struggling with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was both a great teacher and a fast study. Paul taught me what it was like to return after war, sharing experiences in the Vietnam Era. His fellow Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association members in Indiana- chapter 14-2, helped provide our initial funding to prove the brain injuries sustained with an IED or RPG blast. Theo Gray, Treasurer, worked closely with Paul and me to develop a grant request to the national CVMA foundation which was accepted and approved. By various events, including motorcyle events, auctions, and the incredible supper in Valparasio’s Don Quijote Restaurant, Paul and the Vogel family, Theo, and the 14-2 chapter kept us going, serving veterans who required assistance for employment or education opportunities.

Not only did the CVMA support us, but through their efforts, we gained the support of the DAV in Hammond, Indiana. Paul was always advocating for veterans through radio hosts, articles, and presentations. In fact, by the networking of the Veterans community in NW Indiana, RLF was successful in supporting the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act, a huge step forward for our veterans health care.

Please join us in extending our sympathy to the entire Vogel family, and empathy to the entire veterans community. His passing is already felt as a great loss to our veterans, and to our mission, but, because of his spirit, we will press forward and “take ground” as Paul would say, for the right thing – Veteran Health and Opportunity.

I want to thank Paul, not praise him, because he would always state that he was just doing what he was trained to do – as a soldier and a righteous man – as a protector and as an advocate. I thank the entire Vogel family, and extended family. I thank THEO, who so gently notified me of Paul’s passing, and I thank him and the members of Indiana 14-2 Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and the DAV of Hammond, and the WVLP radio station, and the great patriots I met because of my “chance” meeting with Paul and Theo at the Fisher House run in Columbus, Ohio.

At RLF, we will continue to serve those who served us, and I will continue to call on Paul and Theo, and the rest, because, as a civilian, I respect and follow their advice. I salute their continued service. I commend their courage. I will imitate their tenacity in doing the right thing for the right reasons.

May the family and the community find peace. May we all realize that:

Death is the end of life on earth; it is not the end of a relationship.

With deep respect, with deeper gratitude, and with deepest admiration for a life well lived,

Chrisanne Gordon, MD
Founder, Resurrecting Lives Foundation

5th Annual Scopus Fest

September 13th, 2017

Come Join us for the 5th Annual SCOPUS Fest in Missouri.  See flyer below for directions and events.



RLF 2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing

August 30th, 2017

On a beautiful August afternoon, outlined against the lush fairways of the Golf Club of Dublin, Cardinal Health hosted its 2nd Annual Golf Outing to benefit Resurrecting Lives Foundation. The event was attended by a full field of 140 golfers that teed it up for our major annual fundraising event to support our veterans with traumatic brain injury. Veterans from all branches of service and several conflicts participated in this event courtesy of Cardinal Health and several vendors.

RLF sends out a tremendous “Thank You” to all our corporate sponsors and donors including the great team at Cardinal Health. We also want to thank our volunteers who gave freely of their time and did so much to make this event happen. The generosity of all those involved made the outing a great success.

During the program portion of the afternoon, former 82nd Airborne paratrooper, Matt Gossard, shared his personal path to recovery through RLF and was given a standing ovation for his service. He spoke about his issues with TBI and addiction and how he has worked to overcome these challenges. We are grateful for Matt and his service to our country.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!








Left Picture – Dr. Chrisanne Gordon
Middle Picture – Matt Gossard
Right Picture – Scott Lindsay – Cardinal Health








Left Picture – Left to Right, Sam Tucci, Scott Lindsay, Alison Albers, Tonya Minor, Chris Butsky – Cardinal Health
Right Picture – Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired








Left Picture – Sam Tucci – Cardinal Health
Right Picture – Cindy Gossard










Proud to be an American


RLF salutes Tim Oldani and the Veterans Experience Action Center

August 22nd, 2017

Veterans in Northeast Ohio gathered on the campus of the Cuyahoga Community College on August 11th and 12th, 2017 to learn how to access their VA benefits. The event was coordinated by the Veterans Experience Action Center (VEAC) and provided veterans with an opportunity to complete their claims and applications in an expeditious manner.

A Vietnam veteran in attendance remarked, “Had I not been here today, who knows how long it would have taken,” in reference to receiving his VA benefits. Over 28 agencies participated in the event, which served as a one-stop shop and provided veterans with face to face assistance to every aspect of their VA claims.

The VEAC is a collaboration between the Northeast Ohio Veterans Community Task Force Advisory Committee, the VA, State and County organizations, and the community, is a cooperative task force to assist, counsel, and advocate resolution of individual issues immediately for Veterans and their families.

This inaugural event provided local veterans with access to on-site claims & appeals assistance, healthcare enrollment, wellness and enrollment medical exams, mental health counseling, VA Women’s Health Services, VA G.I.V.E. (Gender Identity Veteran Experience) Clinic, Homestead Exemption assistance, Veteran ID cards, and other community related information and services. The event also included a 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration pinning.

Tim Oldani, a native of Elyria, Ohio and veteran of the Marine Corps Reserves, spearheaded the planning and execution of this event. Tim served as a combat engineer and was deployed for a tour of duty to Iraq. Today, Tim supports other veterans through his work as an outreach program specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

RLF salutes Tim Oldani and the Veterans Experience Action Center as champions for our veterans and we thank them for their service to our country.

To view a video of the event, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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RLF Salutes STIHL and Board Member Stan Crader

June 19th, 2017



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.

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.







Daniel Hutchison/Dr. Chrisanne Gordon Renunite to Combat TBI

April 18th, 2017

Dr. Gordon sits down and talks with Daniel Hutchison “A Combat Medic” about an invisible injury that affects a large amount of Combat Veterans but is commonly over-looked. Daniel asks her a series of questions about this injury that most people still don’t know exists and about  the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

To view the YouTube video, click on the picture below or Please Click Here.


Thank You and Farewell to Mandy Simpkins

February 28th, 2017

Resurrecting Lives Foundation would like too thank Mandy Simpkins for all of the hard work that she has done for the foundation and wish her all the best as she moves on to new endeavors. We look forward to her continued support at our future events. Good luck and best wishes – the Board and Staff of RLF.

Distinguished Professional Service Award- Gerald Dieter Griffin ’71 PHS

January 22nd, 2017

bggriffinRetired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin and Board of Advisors, Resurrecting Lives Foundation member was awarded the University of the Pacific Alumni Association’s 2017 Distinguished Professional Service Award. The citation of the award is listed below.

Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Dieter Griffin, whose military service to this country spans four decades, continues to serve this country through a scholarship to Pacific students and teaching entrepreneurship and innovation in health care. Griffin became an Army medic after high school and enrolled at UC Berkeley as a German literature and zoology major. Having chosen the sciences as his calling, Griffin enrolled in Pacific’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program and graduated in 1971 before receiving a medical degree from the University of Juarez. He completed his residency in emergency medicine when he was nearly 42 years old. Griffin’s military career began August 24, 1968 and he retired after 41½ years of service. Griffin’s military medals include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for Valor, the Purple Heart Medal and many more. He proudly wears the Special Forces combat patch. Griffin is currently medical director of a hospice, and a researcher for a biotech company focusing on immunology, infection, TBI, PTSD and vaccine development. In addition to his service to our country and contributions to the field of medicine, Griffin has created a scholarship called “Camouflage to White Coat” for Pacific students who served in the military and are now in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He also teaches in entrepreneurship and innovation in health care.

Congratulations – General Griffin.