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Renewal through meditation

January 8th, 2018

Imagine a simple, personal, non-pharmacological tool for veterans, proven by research to achieve a 40% reduction in the symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression, a 42% decrease in insomnia, and a 30% improvement in satisfaction with quality of life. Veterans in Northeast Ohio are being given that tool through a grant from the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, in conjunction with the David Lynch Foundation: one-on-one training in meditation.
Since October, RLF has partnered with the Lynch Foundation to enable veterans in the Ohio cities of Columbus and Canton to take part in this life-changing training at no cost. RLF’s grant was made possible through the generous donations of people and businesses around the country. David Kidd, the instructor for these Ohio courses, is himself an Army veteran who found that meditation eased his transition from military life following the war in Vietnam.

“After two tours in Vietnam, at age 20 I returned to the USA,” he said. “I started college, but was unable to concentrate, had insomnia, nightmares, night sweats, hyper-vigilance, daytime hallucinations and flashbacks, a constant low-grade paranoia, social alienation, and an inability to feel positive emotions. Then a friend took me to a … meditation class. I took the course. I saw many benefits in the first week, and within three months could see my life had changed dramatically. In my first year of meditating, 90% of my stress symptoms were completely gone. So I decided to become a teacher and offer it to other veterans. I’ve now been teaching meditation for 43 years.”

Over the last few months, 12 Ohio vets have applied for and received the individualized training. Says one veteran, “I am the recipient of one of the grants for veterans for … meditation. I just wanted to thank you guys for providing the grants, and I want you to know it’s working for me, and it’s amazing. Thank you guys so much. I’m very grateful.”
Meditation has been found to reduce the physical symptoms of stress in addition to bringing calmness and resilience to the mind. The David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness has brought this peace to hundreds of vets.
There are still some remaining opportunities for this RLF-sponsored training for vets in Columbus or Canton, Ohio during January and February, on a first-come basis as spaces are available. If you are interested in applying, please contact RLF at info@resurrectinglives.org or by phone at (614) 602-1753, or contact David Kidd directly at dkidd@tm.org.

Photography by Jason Savage

Using bytes to heal the brain

January 8th, 2018

Injuries to a veteran’s brain can be invisible… even when the symptoms start showing up: memory and attention issues, difficulty planning and organizing, understanding speech or complex reading materials. These symptoms aren’t like an obvious wound that needs sutures; instead, they linger in the background and infect the veteran’s well-being and re-integration. And because they wait in the background, they often wait undiagnosed and untreated.

A key mission of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation is to focus attention on those “hidden” wounds, and heal them through proper diagnosis and prompt treatment. Now, a new grant from RLF is enabling veterans in both Wood County and Akron, Ohio who suspect they are living with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to participate in no-cost comprehensive speech/ language/ cognitive evaluations and treatment plans, which will take advantage of technology to deliver the services in part virtually, via what’s known as telehealth.

“Telehealth” uses the telecommunications technologies long used in education and business to enhance health care and health education. The US Veterans Administration stresses that using these technologies “helps ensure veteran patients get the right care in the right place at the right time,” enabling the specialist and the patient to link together where it might not be possible physically.

At the University of Akron School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Dr. K. Todd Houston and an interdisciplinary team have embarked on a project, in collaboration with the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, to use telehealth opportunities to help diagnose and heal veterans’ cognitive, social, and listening skills to ease the transition to post-military life. RLF’s grant will support up to 20 veterans to participate, often using video or web conferencing to deliver services in what Houston calls a “virtual therapy room.” The project has completed planning and piloting with veterans in the student community, and is about to push the services out to veterans in the UA wider community.

In Wood County, RLF has provided a grant through the Wood County Veterans Assistance Center to enable up to 20 more veterans to receive evaluations and treatment programs. Mary Hanna, Executive Director of the Veterans Assistance Center, and Donna Colcord, Clinic Director at the Bowling Green State University Speech and Hearing Clinic, have partnered to execute the grant for area veterans. The BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic has offered similar services before, but not for veterans. The Center and the Clinic are now recruiting candidates, who may participate in the regular treatment sessions through teleconference, via a tablet, or in person.
RLF is committed to finding and removing barriers for veterans to recover from brain injuries; lack of access or exposure to appropriate health services is a common obstacle. Through these grants, new services are being defined to extend diagnosis and treatment through telecommunications, so that even the invisible wounds can be healed.

From the Board: Stan Crader

January 8th, 2018

Is it really 2018? I remember reading the book 1984 and thinking that year so far away. In the midst of the Cold War, few gave the idea of reaching the turn of the century much thought. However, here we are, over 50 years later, and we’ve survived the Cold War. Fortunately, the stop-drop-and-roll exercises we practiced in school and the civil defense sirens were never necessary. While the enemy never came and nuclear destruction never occurred, America’s men and women in uniform continued to answer the call to defend freedom throughout the world. It’s to them we owe an enormous debt. Freedom comes with a cost. Many of them paid a high price and now need our help. Each of us must find a way to plug in and do our part to help those who have done so much on our behalf.

Once I realized how fortunate I was to have come of age in rural Missouri during the 1960s, and that everyone in the entire world hadn’t had the same experience, I had to tell the story. So far the story has been revealed in a series of three novels and one non-fiction book. My novels are meant to entertain and provoke the reader’s memory. The non-fiction was written to honor those who set the stage for me. There’s more to be told. I was blessed early on and the blessings continue to flow.

Providential happenstance led me to Dr. Gordon (Chrisanne) and Resurrecting Lives Foundation during my search for a veteran’s organization to which I could donate the proceeds of book sales. An acquaintance, who was then president of a firm that represented a large veterans’ organization, and unbeknownst to me a high school classmate of Chrisanne, suggested I direct the book’s proceeds to an organization that was just then taking shape, Resurrecting Lives. He gave me Chrisanne’s phone number. I dialed the number, Chrisanne was expecting the call, we introduced ourselves and then I listened. Those who know Chrisanne understand. Her passionate explanation of the need and the organization’s mission was clear and compelling.

The introduction to RLF turned out to be more than a place to which I could funnel book sales proceeds. Once one is introduced to Chrisanne, they need to buckle up. Passive isn’t in Chrisanne’s lexicon. Soon thereafter I was drafted to participate on the board. RLF board meetings are unconventional, more like a track meet than a button-downed, tightly scripted series of preordained conclusions. RLF board meetings include a variety of vigorous discussions, each with a common goal: the restoration of America’s finest who have been wounded on our behalf.

I’ve enjoyed a rich experience during my association with Resurrecting Lives. RLF has a laser focus: traumatic brain injury (TBI). I’ve found that while serving on boards I often receive more benefit than I provide. While my goal is to contribute to the organization’s success, I often sense that my gain in knowledge of the organization’s mission exceeds my meager contribution. This is certainly the case with RLF. Few things in life exceed the sense of fulfillment of helping America’s finest enjoy a way of life they’ve secured for me.

The mission of RLF is the resurrection of a hero and the strengthening of a nation. I’m more excited about this year for RLF than ever before. I sense the addition of new high quality and enthusiastic staff will facilitate the deepening of existing relationships with organizations that share RLF’s goals and will ultimately make an enduring difference in America, one treasured life at a time. I challenge readers to identify how they can join in and contribute to the restoration of America’s finest to a life they’ve won for others and richly deserve for themselves.

Stan Crader, a long-standing member of the RLF Board of Directors, is an author, lecturer, community leader, businessman, and president of Crader Distributing Company. Learn more at http://www.stancrader.com/

Bringing the light

January 8th, 2018

On a typical December day in Anchorage, Alaska, the sun decides to show itself by about 10:15 am… and goes away before 4 pm. Not even six hours of sunlight. Lack of exposure to sunshine is a documented detriment to human health, leading to vitamin D deficiencies, winter blues, and seasonal affective disorder. But for the 5,500 US Air Force, Army, and civilian personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, it’s just another aspect to duty.
About a year ago, Billy Chisum, an Onsite Customer Service Representative at Elmendorf-Richardson for Cardinal Health, had the idea that light therapy might ease the stress for him and his fellow veterans brought on by so little sunlight. “I was in a dark funk and was willing to try anything including vitamin D supplements,” he said. Chisum is a 10-year veteran of the Air Force, having served three combat deployments, and is now active in the veteran community helping others that suffer with MST, PTSD and TBI.
He connected with the Resurrecting Lives Foundation and received a Philips Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3500 so that he could study it first-hand. Chisum used it from October to April, and found its benefits so remarkable that he was asked by RLF to work on a larger initiative. Through a grant from the Foundation, 20 Philips lights were distributed to veterans in the Elmendorf-Richardson community, with the promise that the effect of the lights on their PTSD/TBI would be recorded and studied for the larger veteran community.
That study is still in process, but initial feedback from the testing veterans is positive.
RLF is focused on easing the way for veterans recovering from TBI, and it appears that plugging in light therapy is another successful way to bring our vets with brain injuries out of the shadows.

Photography by Jason Savage

Hearts of STIHL

January 6th, 2018

Six Resurrecting Lives Foundation partner veterans were recognized in December as “Hearts of STIHL” recipients by STIHL, Inc:

• Matt Gossard, Ohio (U. S. Army)
• Daryl Boggs, Ohio (Ohio National Guard)
• Curtis Armstrong, Michigan (U. S. Army)
• Billy Chisum, Alaska (U. S. Air Force)
• Christopher Lawrence, California (U. S. Marines)
• Wendell Guillermo, California (U. S. Army)

“Our Hearts of STIHL award recognizes those individuals that represent the spirit of power, dedication, and service that is at the heart of our company,” said Roger Phelps, Corporate Communications Manager, STIHL Inc. All six of these veterans have contributed to the mission of Resurrecting Lives Foundation as they have met with congressional leaders, worked with community veteran groups, and collaborated with local governments to make changes for their fellow veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury…. while recovering from their own TBIs.
STIHL awarded each of these men with a certificate good towards $300 of STIHL equipment. “This is a great opportunity for our young heroes, who we are so proud of,” said RLF’s Chrisanne Gordon. A huge thank you to STIHL for recognizing the hard work and determination these veterans have shown over the years.

What It Means To Be An American

November 4th, 2017

I was honored to attend the MVAT Patriotic golf outing held in LA on August 21, 2017 where I heard an amazing hero deliver an incredible speech. To all who will be celebrating Veterans Day – THIS IS FOR YOU – for our veterans, and their families. You truly understand what it is to be an AMERICAN.

Chrisanne Gordon, MD
Founder, Resurrecting Lives Foundation

What It Means To Be An American

Speech by Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, USA (ret.)at the MVAT Golf Classic Awards Dinner, August 21, 2017

As to the subject, some time ago I was asked to speak on what it means to be an American.
This topic was central to President Reagan’s farewell address; he in fact used those very words –
what it means to be an American – and pleaded with all of us to instill the answer in our children. I am going to give you a mini version of that speech, which may be timely based on what is going on in America today.

What does it mean to be an American? That begs the question – is America exceptional?

President Obama was asked that question and famously said he believes in American
exceptionalism just as he suspects Brits believe in British exceptionalism and Greeks believe in
Greek exceptionalism.

Exceptionalism, then, is subjective. My home country is no better than any other; exceptionalism
is based on sentiment and can’t be objectively measured. Rome was exceptional to the Romans
and Nazi Germany was exceptional to the Germans.

It seems more and more Americans today agree with Mr. Obama. We are in an age where many
want to globalize America, kind of exceptionalize us down – to fundamentally transform us.
Some are even offended by those who profess American exceptionalism. For these people,
patriotism is jingoism, xenophobia, or chauvinism.

As one who has seen a great deal of the world, I disagree with these people. The Encyclopedia of
American Foreign Policy defines American exceptionalism as: “a term used to describe the
belief that the United States is an extraordinary nation with a special role to play in human
history; a nation that is not only unique but superior.”

I do believe we have met that definition. We are exceptional. Now, that doesn’t mean we are
superior morally but we have a superior system and I believe we are hardwired differently than
other peoples.

I believe we have played a special role in history, that we are unique and superior as a nation and that we are a gift to the world – and that is not just a sentiment, I believe it is supportable by facts.

In fact, I believe that we are beyond exceptional; we, our system, are indeed the last best hope of mankind. Does anyone believe the Brits or the Greeks or any other nation is the last best hope of mankind?

I have limited my findings to three unique American characteristics bonded together by another
indispensable virtue.

America is exceptional because we are a uniquely courageous people, a uniquely compassionate
people and a uniquely competitive people. And we have been a good people. C cubed G.

Alexis de Tocqueville in the 19th century was the first to call America exceptional – he also said
America is great because America is good. Goodness is the indispensable element of our
exceptionalism and ties the other three together.

An Exceptionally Courageous People
Courage of course is the one virtue that we are told is the king of all others, for it secures them. No other virtue, not freedom, not justice not anything, not anyone is safe, is secure without this thing we call courage.

That statement may sound obvious, even a bit trite, but I believe Americans more so than most
understand the need for – and the nature of – courage. We revere it.

We agree with William James on courage. He wrote: “Evident though the shortcomings of a man
may be, if he is ready to give up his life for a cause, we forgive him everything. However inferior he may be to ourselves in other respects, if we cling to life while he throws it away like a flower we bow to his superiority.”

We see that in the way we treat our military, our nobility. We hear that there is no greater love
than laying down ones life for a neighbor. True, but the next greatest love is a willingness to put oneself in a position where that may be a possibility, the daily fare of our troops.

Although we firmly believe in equality, we know we are not all born equals. In terms of ability
and opportunity we are just not all born equals. In fact there is only one way in which we are all
born equals. Only in matters of courage are we all equals.

Each of us can have all the courage we want. You cannot use it up.

God has made this incredible gift infinitely available to all of us. In fact it is the great equalizer in life; it certainly produces great people from those among us who were not born with great ability or given great opportunity.

Americans understand the blessings of courage; they know that they can go as far in life as their
courage will take them and that God will give them all the courage they need.

Once we are locked on to courage as the key to success in life, we understand that mediocrity
and failure are the result of choice, not chance. Courage belies victimhood.

The American Constitution, which more so than any other governing document, unleashes the
fruits of courage in what is truly free in America – enterprise, the courage to take risks, based onindividual initiative unfettered by outside interference.

Courage then is one source of our prosperity, undeniably unsurpassed in human history.
American courage is also the source of most of the freedom in the world, the courage of our
leaders, our people and most of all, our military.

I am often asked what the source of courage is.

I believe that the key to courage is another American characteristic, faith – and the two are oftenconfused. I have never known any one with enduring repetitive courage who was not also a
person of faith.

Fear, of course is the antithesis of courage. Fear is an emotion; courage is a decision.

It is well known that we are a nation of faith and that explains the great courage of our people –
it also explains their goodness.

G.K. Chesterton said: “we are a country with the soul of a church.”

It was the confluence of our faith and a desire for freedom that brought us the Declaration and
the Constitution. Our founders taught that there is no liberty without morality; that there are no
little people, each person’s dignity was the equal of the booted and spurred who had saddled
much of the world. That God was the source of our rights, not the robed and perfumed elite who
declared and denied rights on a whim.

Belief in a God and religious principles was essential to our birth. Let’s hear from the
Founders. James Madison, the father of our Constitution, said, “We have staked the whole
future of American civilization … upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves
according to the 10 commandments.” John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a
moral and religious people.” George Washington said that national morality couldn’t prevail “in
exclusion of religious principle.”

We could go on and on about our faith based heritage and how vital it is to who we are a people
focused on the dignity and worth of the individual as De Tocqueville said: “Americans have a
lively faith in the perfectibility of man.” He found that religion and freedom were intimately
united in America. Bottom line: no freedom without a God.

In peace and in war, America is an exceptionally courageous country because we are an
exceptionally religious country, a people of faith.

An Exceptionally Compassionate People
What are the fruits of courage, what do we find in courageous people? Their capacity for
sacrifice stands out, which bring us to compassion – the fruit of sacrifice. Compassion is not an
amorphous sentiment it is a form of sacrifice, which demands both love and action.

Much of the sacrifice of the American people is special. There is no bottom line, no materiel
gain, no quid pro quo, nothing really in it for them. All it does is increase their capacity for more – sacrifice – and it also increases their capacity for fulfillment, for responsibility indeed for happiness itself.

The greater your capacity for sacrifice, the greater will be your capacity for responsibility and
leadership – and I believe – the happier you will be. This kind of sacrifice is most manifest in
parents, teachers, coaches our military, and our charity to the world.

Even in combat America is compassionate. That was no more evident than in Vietnam. It may be
the only war we ever fought, or perhaps that was ever fought, in which the American soldier
added to their heroism with humanitarianism unmatched in the annals of warfare. And the
humanitarianism took place during the heat of the battle.

The GI fixed as he fought, he cured and educated and built in the middle of the battle, schools,
orphanages, hospitals, roads, and he vaccinated thousand and cured previously disastrous
disease. Humanitarianism was our great victory in Vietnam. I wrote a brilliant book on this.
And there is a lot of truth in the saying that the road to prosperity is through losing a war with
America. Our compassion for Germany and Japan, billions in dollars and deeds, to a ruthless
barbaric enemy, led them to incredible prosperity and peace. Peace of course is the ultimate
victory of all warriors.

Americans give billions annually to charities, not only at home, but also across the world. No
individuals give more than the Americans. We also adopt more children than the rest of the
world combined. Who is at the forefront of every natural disaster on this planet? Who gives more
for the medical needs and poverty of people around the globe?

If compassion can be measured in charity, we are the most compassionate people in the world.
America the beautiful sings of a people who more than self their country love and mercy more
than life. That says a lot about patriotism and compassion

A word of caution on compassion. Actually, phony compassion. I believe there is great danger in
the promotion of unwarranted self-esteem, the shielding of children from the fruits of failure.
Failure is healthy; it is a necessary stepping-stone to success. When we subsidize failure and
focus on security rather than opportunity, when we are more concerned that our programs are
compassionate than that they are fair and equal, we guarantee failure.

A false compassion may also be a shield for the roots of socialism.

A Competitive People
This brings me to the final component of American exceptionalism – our competitiveness. We
are a people who love to compete, who believe we should be free to pursue happiness but we
also find happiness in the pursuit – in competing for happiness however we define it.

Look at our reaction to Sputnik. Once we began to compete in space we buried the competition.
The same is true in science, technology, agriculture even athletics.
More so than any other nation, we have been a meritocracy and that fosters competition. Success
in America has been a function of ability and hard work more so than any other factor. We are all
able to compete as equals in the market place of ideas and industry.

Despite the demonization of the rich by some, my experience with the wealthy in America is that
they are smarter than I am, work harder than I do, are more competitive than I am, more willing
to take a risk and only sometimes are they luckier than I am.

And most of the wealthy I know are very generous – and for good reason, many of them know
what it means to be poor.

Other people may be our equal in efficiencies, but not in a capacity for hard work – the
American worker does not take siestas – that is until he gets to be my age.

I am told we are not more efficient for example than the Germans, but we work longer hours and
take less time off – and we work more years thus American does not lose the efficiencies of its
work force as soon as does other countries.

Of course, the issue is more complex and some are wanting through no lack of effort on their
part. But I believe most failures result from a lack of courage, an unwillingness to compete. And
there are some who feel they deserve more of the American dream than they are willing to
compete for. Cowards do not want to compete, they want some one else to run the race, but they
do want to share the trophy.

They want equal outcome for unequal input. Many of these people want a hand out rather than a
hand up. And a great danger to America is that politicians have learned that they can bribe these
people for their vote.

Tragically, government bribing leads to addiction. It forms a relationship between our people and
our government that is similar to that between a drug dealer and an addict. A controlling
government is like a dope peddler; they seek to grow the addiction of the people, to build their
dependence, which grows the power, the ultimate aphrodisiac of evil, excessive power of the
government.

And some of the bribing takes the form of quotas, by which one person benefits because of race
gender etc. – not just ability or hard work; over another, better qualified, person because of their race gender etc.

This is not only unfair it is insane. Government bribery, quotas and other non-merit based
programs lead to socialism, or worse, and will destroy our competitiveness and eventually
destroy America.

Now, having said that I do favor quotas in select places, for instance there should be a limited
quota of lawyers in government and an increased quota of conservatives in the media. But that’s
just me for all you lawyers and liberals.
I was in DC recently. Those guys hold their own hands in lovers lane, and if you see them lost in
thought it’s because thought is unfamiliar territory.

I think sports are a great model of the principles of exceptionalism in America. All sports take
some form of courage, mental, spiritual, and physical, many take all three. It takes hard work and
that requires courage and sacrifice. It takes competitiveness and, although one might not think of
ultimate fighters as a compassionate lot, sports in general give billions to charity. Rewards in
sports are based mostly on results.

No quotas here for the most part and for the most part sports are an indispensable element, I
think, of children’s development.

And of all the athletes I believe golfers best represent what I am talking about. For example, on
occasion, San Antonio general officers are privileged to caddy for wounded warriors at a local
golf course. David Feherty comes by with some legendary pros to put on a clinic and entertain
the troops with his delightful Irish sense of humor. The troops love these PGA tour professionals
and I am amazed at their patriotism and patience with our disabled troops.

A warrior expressed admiration for Jim Thorpe’s $900 driver. Jim gave it to him on the spot.
That was Jim’s hard earned money he was giving away – not someone else’s. Unfortunately, Jim
didn’t give enough money to the IRS and did some time for it.

I watched with some emotion as Tom Watson repeatedly got down on his knees teeing the ball
for legless troops, then lined them up and walked them through the swing. He went into detail on
how to hit the ball if you are missing a right leg versus hitting the ball if you are missing a left leg. He obviously had studied the difference.

There was no media, only his wife who proudly took photos of Tom and the troops for the family
album.

As I watched these elite golfers work with our wounded warriors, it occurred to me how much
they represent what makes America so exceptional – a competitive, courageous, compassionate
meritocracy.

Sports compensation, especially golf, is mostly based on results. You can’t talk the ball into the
hole or across the goal line. You don’t make the team because of your race, gender, family name
or fortune. Many athletes come from poverty.

Perhaps the greatest lessons of sports for the troops are the blessings of failure. After a round
golfers are open about their failures – and work on them. The blessings of failure are important as the wounded warriors have to learn all over basic human functions, and they fail again and
again. These kids will not quit.

Conclusion
One of the first lessons I learned in the Army was the principle of KISS.
In the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Character Development Program over the last
10 years working with teachers educators and students, one thing stood out – the primary goal of
education in a democracy, the “k-i-s-s” thing – is patriotism.

Just as there is no freedom without God, there can be no democracy without patriotism.

We cannot survive unless we continue to grow patriots, young people who believe in our
exceptionalism, who prove their love for America by supporting and defending her.

I use the story of Webster Anderson to explain patriotism to our youth. Early one morning in
Vietnam, communist forces attacked his unit. In the initial attack they pretty much took off both
legs. Yet he continued to fight. Later, he caught a grenade and it blew off an arm as he tried to
throw it clear of his men. Still he fought on. I flew in and picked up what was left of Webster
after he had inspired him men to defeat the communist. Miraculously, the medics saved his life,
but his efforts to save his men cost him both legs and an arm, and earned him the Medal of
Honor.

Webster and I became close and some years later. We were speaking at a school in Oklahoma.
One of the youngsters asked Webster if he would do what he did again, knowing what it would
cost him. Webster’s answer moves me to this day. He said, kid, I only have one arm left, but my
country can have it any time they want.

Patriotism is not the last refuge of a scoundrel it is the last hope of a free people. We must grow patriots. The highest form of patriotism is service to our youth, to their proper education and the fostering of their patriotism – instilling in them that they are part of an exceptional nation and it is their duty to keep it that way.

Our life has meaning only if lived to benefit the next generation.

In conclusion, not only are we exceptional, I believe the key to a successful future is a strong
belief in and teaching of our exceptionalism.

And so, in answer to the question, what does it mean to be an American, it means to be part of an
exceptional people, a people who have been a blessing to the world and will continue to be so as
long as we remain a good people, a people of courage, of compassion with a government
dedicated to the immutable truths of the Constitution of our Founders, a government that allows
free and unfettered competition in a market governed by merit, individual initiative and hard
work.
Transformation is not the answer to our problems; restoration is the answer, restoration to the
principles of our exceptionalism.

If we fail it will be because we commit suicide, we lose our courage and become cowards, we
lose our compassion and become greedy and self-centered, and we lose our competitiveness and
become socialists. But we will lose all these only if we lose our goodness and abandon the God
who has favored our undertaking as we acknowledge on our great seal and every dollar bill.

Thank you.

Speech by Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, USA (ret.)at the MVAT Golf Classic Awards Dinner, August 21, 2017

RLF THANKS DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION for Ohio Transcendental Meditation Initiative

October 24th, 2017

RLF THANKS DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION for Ohio Transcendental Meditation Initiative

At Resurrecting Lives Foundation we understand that our heroes
“Are out of their brains, not out of their minds.”

We also understand that medical advances toward the diagnosis and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have restored lives and futures for many, especially our young veterans from the Global War on Terror.

As our foundation stresses the necessity of employment for recovery, we also advocate strategies to assist with continued employment opportunities and chances for advancement.

This fall we have begun our program on teaching techniques of Transcendental Meditation (TM) for that purpose, and, more importantly, for the purpose of reintroducing stillness and peace to the lives of those who defended our nation in military service.

Indeed, one of the hallmarks of military service is the high level of preparedness; the fine tuning of the sympathetic nervous system; the fight or flight mechanism which is in high gear during combat training and even more engaged in actual combat situations. In fact, these recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan add new meaning to the phrase – Stay Awake/Stay Alive.

What we are offering our veterans is the opportunity to control the fight or flight response; the opportunity to be still; to be quite; to relax. Transcendental medication has been proven by numerous medical studies to afford a positive impact on overall health and well being, as well as to assist with heart health and brain health specifically. It reconnects the thinking part of the brain (the frontal lobe or executive function) with the structures deep within the brain (the middle brain). The result of this training is an overall feeling of wellness and being in control, and it is available to our returning heroes both in the private sector and in the Veterans Administration System.

This fall, Resurrecting Lives Foundation is partnering with the David Lynch Foundation and the TM foundation to teach these settling techniques to our veterans who request this training. Taught currently in Columbus, Ohio and Canton, Ohio, by Vietnam Veteran and seasoned TM instructor, David Kidd, veterans learn this relaxation along with other veterans. Our foundation is covering the costs of the pilot study in collaboration with the David Lynch Foundation, and we cannot thank our veterans enough for their participation . We also appreciate Mr. Kidd’s continued sense of mission as he brings TM to a new generation of military member/veteran, realizing how meditation improved his transition into civilian life after the Vietnam Conflict.

If you are interested in attending these classes, please contact us at:
info@resurrectinglives.org
Or please leave a message on Voice Mail – 614-602-1753

Or, you may contact Mr.  DavidKidd directly at :
dkidd@tm.org

Please also take time to view my personal testimonial, below, along with some thoughts shared by the current class. TRULY, TM is a proven strategy to overcome the tendencies in so many of us to overcharge our adrenalin responses.

With sincere appreciation to the DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION, Mr. David Kidd, and, especially all our veterans who are participating in this very important pilot,
Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen a Nation
Chrisanne Gordon, MD
Founder, Resurrecting Lives Foundation

PERSONAL TESTIMONIALS:
I accompanied a young veteran to Mr. Kidd’s class four years ago, and stayed for the entire training. Truly, one of the best, most productive decisions I ever made. As my veterans know, I am a TBI survivor, and whereas my injuries were much less severe than our military members and vets, I struggled with anxiety with airplane travel, a necessity as part of my duties as Veterans’ advocate. With the assistance of TM, I no longer have a phobia about plane travel and that is so very helpful to my work with vets. I can get into a “safe space” upon take off, now, and control my heart rate in the process. I am a believer and advocate. Being in control is a good thing. The passengers around me appreciate it – employers and educators will appreciate it, too.
Chrisanne Gordon, MD.

After two tours in Vietnam, at age 20 I returned to the USA. I started college, but was unable to concentrate, had insomnia, nightmares, night sweats, hyper-vigilance, daytime hallucinations and flashbacks, a constant low-grade paranoia, social alienation, and an inability to feel positive emotions.

Then a friend took me to a Transcendental Meditation (TM) class. I took the course. I saw many benefits in the first week, and within three months could see my life had changed dramatically. In my first year of meditating, 90% of my stress symptoms were completely gone. So I decided to become a TM teacher and offer it to other veterans. I’ve now been teaching TM for 43 years.
— David A Kidd, E-5, US Army, Vietnam-19 months, Canton, Ohio.

I am the recipient of one of the grants for veterans for transcendental meditation. I just wanted to thank you guys for providing the grants, and I want you to know it’s working for me, and it’s amazing. Thank you guys so much. I’m very grateful.
-Veteran-

Enjoying this year more than any I can remember. TM is partially responsible for it, too. Thank you again for connecting me to David. I get moments of peace, and a quietness in my brain that have been foreign to me for so long. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am forever indebted to you.
– Corey O, US Army, E-6, Dublin, OH

Click on the Picture to watch the Town Hall Meeting with Michael Castano as he describes his participation  in the David Lynch Foundation TM Program.


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Left to right on the Stage.
Stephanie Ruhle, Bloomberg moderator; Michael Castano, Marine Corps veteran; Peter Lamoureux, Lead TM teacher at David Lynch Foundation; Bob Roth, Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation.

To read a Summary paper on the success of TM when dealing with PTSD and other issues, Please Click Here

 

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.