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.
Retired 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.
Dr. Owen Lee, an American radiologist living in Newark, Ohio, a Colonel in the U. S. Army Reserve, and a Member of Resurrecting Lives Foundation Advisory Board, tells his classic American Story of how he came to America and became an American success story. To read more about Dr. Lee and his Long Path to come to Newark Ohio, Please Click Here, To Read more about Dr. Lee as a person and member of the RLF Advisory Board, Please Click Here.
That man is Jay Musson, trustee for the Musson Foundation, member of the University of Akron Foundation board of directors, Adjutant of American Legion Post 808 and a Vietnam Combat Infantryman Veteran whom served in 1968 and 1969. Musson participated in more than 50 combat air assaults earning the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Valorous Unit Commendation.
In 2011, the Musson Foundation donated $220,000 to build a 21st century Veterans lounge inside the University of Akron. This lounge offers student-veterans a place to relax, study and enjoy the same camaraderie that they experienced while serving their country.
“Being a veteran and coming back from Vietnam to here and really being on my own, I remember that vividly. I don’t want those kids to go through anything like that,” Musson says. “(Vietnam) was a whole different war. There are just a lot of administrative hassles that these kids are dealing with now. If I were a student coming back now, I would feel lost among all the benefits: Title this or Title that, or timing issues with receiving money. Those are the things we are trying to overcome.”
Pictured above: Mr. Tim Oldani and Mr. Jay Musson
Mr. Musson enlisted the help of a Legion service officer who is an alumnus of the school. With a goal toward easing transition burdens, post members have also lobbied the university to create a special veterans-only English and composition class, received a spot on the school’s Military Veterans Steering Committee, and facilitated a more welcoming environment for student veterans by starting an annual tailgate before a football game that recognizes the post and veterans at the school.
Tony Stevens, a sociology major and Post 808 member, joined the post in hopes of finding some of the camaraderie he enjoyed in the military.
Pictured above left to right: Mr. Tim Oldani, Dr. K. Todd Houston, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Mr. Jay Musson, LTC Bradley Harvey
Stevens, an active participant in veterans initiatives, has become the posts sergeant-at-arms. He says the campus post model is something that student veterans at other schools are well-positioned to replicate.
“Hopefully, people around the country can use our post as a model and do what we are doing.,” he says. “Veterans have a lot of experience, a lot of stuff to share, and a lot of good to do for people.”
“The Legion’s mission at work: Veterans Helping Veterans”
**Further Information about Post 808 and the Musson Veteran’s Lounge can be found at the following links**
Resurrecting Lives Foundation was honored to join several Cardinal Health executives and employees on Wednesday, October 26th, for the Check Presentation and Ceremony for the Charity Golf Outing held on August 28th. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making it happen.
The planning, organization and success of the golf outing is the result of the support from Mr. Jon Giacomin,CEO Cardinal Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Scot Lindsey, and Mr. Sam Tucci – Senior VP and Director of IT, respectively, at Cardinal as well as members of the Cardinal Health Veterans and Community Outreach Teams. Over $24,000 was donated as a result of the outing and the outreach community at Cardinal. These funds will be applied toward the Resurrecting Lives Foundation employment initiative – assisting with the transition for our military members and their families to civilian life.
Thank you ‘Team Cardinal Health’: David Johnston ( USMC) Kristin Thomas, Alison Albers (US ARMY) – Leads
Your continued support and assistance to helping Veterans, is very much appreciated.
Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen a Nation
The RLF Team
Photo on Upper Left – Stan Crader, RLF Board and Mr. Jon Giacomin, CEO Cardinal Pharmaceuticals
Photo on Right – Stan Crader and Thomas Holliday, USMC and RLF Advisor
Photo on Lower Left – Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Stan Crader and Mandy Simpkins – RLF Team
Friends of Resurrecting Lives Foundation
With the holidays approaching quickly, we wanted to make you all aware of ‘Cards for Causes’. We are signed up to receive donations from each order when RLF is selected as the ’cause’ of choice.
The website is:
Cards for Causes donates 20% of the revenue generated by a customer’s order to a charity selected by the customer.
If you plan to order holiday cards, please take a moment to look through this site. Make sure to share with friends and family as well!
Thank you for your continued support.
#RLFSalutes & Thanks @veteransradio & @Lawyer4Veterans (James Fausone) for their support and podcasts for Veterans.
To watch the podcast. Please click here.
#RLFSalutes and Thanks @uakron for the Musson Military Veterans Lounge and their services and resources for Veterans and their families.
#RLFSalutes and Thanks @BrianMamula and his family for their dedication and support to RLF. Congratulations on your first marathon!!
The First Annual Cardinal Health Golf Outing
We, at RLF, would like to send a HUGE Thank You to Cardinal Health, all of the Corporate sponsors, all the Cardinal Health and RLF volunteers, the Veterans and their families for their generous support of this great event. At the event we had teams representing Veterans from VietNam, AMVETS , Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan and the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.
At the event, Sean Clifton left the crowd stunned with speech about Survival and how everyone needs to be aware of the difficulties coming back to “civilization” after their deployment. It takes a lot to survive a war zone, and you need to change those instincts to survive back home. Veterans need time, patience and support of their families and communities to make this happen.
To make any event successful, great and generous sponsors are needed. So a Special Thanks goes out to:
Bruce Daniels and Honda of Marysville for supplying a brand new Honda Accord for the hole-in-one prize. Pictured below.
Safari Golf Course and the staff. What an amazing job they did to host this event. Special thanks to Ty Day, GM/Head PGA Professional.
Pictured left David Johnston (Cardinal Health (CH) Mandy Simpkins (RLF) Allison (CH) Sam Tucci (CH) Kim (CH) Alison Albers (CH) Kristin Thomas (CH)
Pictured Right, Mandy Simpkins, Dr. Chirsanne Gordon and Jessica Nixon (RLF volunteer)
Dr. Chrisanne Gordon and Kristin Thomas (CH)