Invisible Scars – Treating Combat Stress & PTSD WITHOUT MEDICATION

Dr Bart BillingsComing out in September, is a new book by Dr. Bart P. Billings, Col, US Army RET on how to treat Combat Stress and PTSD without using mind altering psychiatric medications. Leading the call for more effective treatment of our Veterans, Dr Billings calls for new integrative treatment programs for our Vets.

Dr. Billings has an extensive background in Management and Program Development, which include, but is not limited to, Chief of Professional Services/Assistant Director at the University of California, Davis Teaching Hospital’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department. He also founded the Institute For Occupational Services (IOS). He was the Commanding Officer for a Army Reserve General Hospital Section & has served a total of approximately 34 years in the US Army as enlisted and as an officer. His highest military rank was Colonel (SCNG-SC Medical Directorate). He has founded and directed: The Annual International Military and Civilian Combat Stress Conferences (22 yrs.), Prisoner of War Conferences and the military wide Human Assistance Rapid Response Team (HARRT), which was accepted at the Pentagon in 1997 as a readiness protocol to be implemented military wide.

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Governor Signs Budget which Strengthens Ohio’s Status as a Veteran Friendly State: RLF gains Ohio Support for “Invest in Vets” Employment Initiative.

FOR GENERAL RELEASE Dept Of Veterans Services LogoFellow veterans and Ohioans: Governor John Kasich signed Ohio’s new biennial budget into law the evening of July 30, further strengthening Ohio’s veteran-friendly status, starting with a 6.3 percent income tax cut that will put more money in Ohioans’ pockets. Soon, many small businesses will pay no income tax, making it easier to hire more workers, including veterans. The new budget cuts income taxes for the first $250,000 earned by Ohio’s small businesses by 75% in the first year of the budget and 100% in the second, allowing them to hire more and reinvest in their businesses and communities. This budget also supports veteran-friendly businesses by giving them a competitive advantage when bidding on state contracts. Building on the free college credit for military experience established in House Bill 488, this budget provides new tuition freezes at all public universities and requires that public schools credit students’ associate degrees towards a four-year degree so they can graduate more quickly and affordably. New budget language also ensures veterans can expedite their training when certifying to become a civilian paramedic. The War Orphans Scholarship fund for the children of wartime disabled or deceased veterans will see a nearly 30 percent increase to $7,124,141. This is especially important as we see an increase in applicants from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Ohio is now better positioned to attract talented veterans from across the nation by offering in-state tuition rates at Ohio’s public universities for veterans and their dependents and spouses, even if they have not lived in Ohio previously. I am proud to share that Governor Kasich and the General Assembly reaffirmed their commitment to Ohio’s military installations by creating the Ohio Military Facilities Commission, which will receive $2.5 million per year to support job creation and capital improvement projects at Ohio’s military installations. This budget broadens the progress we have made together for Ohio’s military families and it will help ensure more veterans are connected to the resources and economic opportunity they have earned. Sincerely, Col. Tim Gorrell Director Ohio Department of Veterans Services

NOTE: Resurrecting Lives Foundation will be working with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services to launch the Invest in Vets Employment Initiative as well as well as a Community Training Program to increase awareness about Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Ohio budget allocated $90K over 2 years for these initiatives.

Cardinal Health Gives Donation to Resurrecting Lives Foundation

On July 16 Resurrecting Lives Foundation attended a luncheon hosted by Cardinal Health at Tucci’s Restaurant in Dublin, Ohio. During the luncheon, Resurrecting Lives Foundation was presented a check for $3,656.00. Cardinal Health raised the money through the sale of T-shirts. These funds will go to support our veterans employment initiative. Thank You Cardinal Health.





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Resurrecting Live Foundation Bids farewell to Colonel David E. Ristedt

Resurrecting Live Foundation bids farewell to Colonel David E. Ristedt, the 82nd Airborne Division, Chief Surgeon as he completes his tour of service at FT Bragg Army base and moves on to the National War College.

Bragg group photo Col Ristedt and Gordon

Pictured First Photo: Travis Jackson, Mrs Ristedt, Colonel Ristedt, Dr Gordon, Eric Kazmierczak

Pictured Second Photo: Mrs Ristedt, Colonel Ristedt, Dr Gordon

Robert P. Spreng AMVETS Post 26 Benefit for Resurrecting Lives Foundation

amvetsOn May 9, 2015, Robert P. Spreng AMVETS Post 26, 1100 W. Fourth St., Mansfield, Ohio sponsored its 3rd Annual Rock and Roll Festival to support “Resurrecting Lives Foundation”. The Open to the Public benefit included nine bands, dancing, an auction, a silent auction, gun raffles, dinners, beverages and other activities.

The bands who donated their time and talents included Jim Bush and the Fantastic Wild Ones, Montage, Frank Medley and the Getaway Band, Felt, the OOLong Gurus, All Star R&B Review featuring The Soul Men, Jake & Elwood from Cleveland, Ohio, and The Ultimate James Brown Tribute Show & Review, starring The Real Soul Pleaser, Robert “T”.

If you would like to view video of The Soul Men, Please Click Here.

Corporate and private donors Phillips Manufacturing Co, Gorman-Rupp, Mountaineer Casino, Hollywood Casino, MTD Products Inc., Ashley Furniture, Pepsi Co, Menards, Cabela’s, The Sportsman’s Den (Shelby, OH), Field and Shield (Galion, OH), Amish Oak Furniture, Jerry’s Home Furnishings, Ken Bishop Insurance, Captain Troy Swanger, COSI Columbus, the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, The Ohio State University, Columbus Blue Jackets, Kroger, Jones’ Potato Chips, Laz Boy Gallery, Photographer Gary E. Krueger, Pirate Printing, and many many others generously donated to raise more than $15,000 for the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

All photographs were taken by Gary E. Krueger of West Salem, Ohio. A sample of which are viewed below

Robert P. Spreng AMVETS Post 26 was chartered by 257 members in the spring of 1946 following the end of World War II. The post currently has over 1,200 members. AMVETS Post 26 has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. If you would like to visit the AMVETS Post 26 Facebook page, Please Click Here.

AMVETS members in more than 1,400 posts nationwide also promote and support “quality of life” community-service programs ranging from Special Olympics and ROTC to scouting and organ-donor projects. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

Thank you to Tim and the late Eileen Martin, Julie & J.T. Wilcox, Buck and Barbara Rogers, Bob and Carolyn Muth, Dean Krance, Larry Remy, Danny and Brenda Marti, Dannielle Mosey, Donald Clay, Bobby Paramore, Mark Scheid, Robert White and the Sons of AMVETS Kitchen Crew, the Ladies Auxiliary, veterans, and Navy Recruits for all of your assistance for another successful benefit.

Resurrecting Lives Foundation would like to express our sincere appreciation for all of the hard work that you do for our Veterans. Without the dedicated time and energy that you put into events like this and the money raised, we at the Foundation would not be able to help and advance the employment initiative for our Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. What great partners you are and what a fun time we all had!!!












































RLF Salutes the Medal of Honor Recipients

RLF Salutes the Medal of Honor recipients as proclaimed by the Gregory Welteroth Family in USA Today.

We THANK our Heroes for their sacrifice – WE thank the Welteroths for reminding us what is to be an AMERICAN HERO