City Barbeque Does it Again….Support Our Veterans With a New Tumbler

City BBQ is once again partnering with Resurrecting Lives Foundation to raise money through special new-year tumbler sales.

During the first quarter of 2020, the restaurant is offering a new artist-designed limited-edition refillable tumbler for just $10. The cup, which sells

out early every year, features free refills through March 31, 2020 and is double-walled and BPA free.  All proceeds from the sale of the cup will be donated to Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

“Resurrecting Lives Foundation is so pleased to partner again with City BBQ on their tumbler sales,” said Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, RLF Founder. “Funds raised in past years have enabled RLF to provide services for veterans with TBI transitioning back to civilian life, scholarships to receive training in meditation, and support collaborations with colleges and universities throughout the country, just, to mention a few of our initiatives. We thank you in advance for your purchase of one of these tumblers!”

This promotion to benefit RLF is happening at all 38 City BBQ in six states. Visit the City BBQ blog at https://www.citybbq.com/blog

Ambassador Spotlight: Dean Krance

A “Question and Answer” Session with Long-Time Resurrecting Lives Foundation Ambassador and Supporter, Dean Krance of Amvets Post 26.

  1. Tell us about your military service. A few years after high school, two of my very best friends entered the military. Despite being in an age where men did not want to serve or be drafted, I had a feeling of not wanting to miss out on the experiences my two friends were about to have. My dad was a highly decorated Purple Heart recipient from his European combat service in WWII. This instilled in me a feeling of wanting to test my own mind and see if I too could make the grade. So, on July 12, 1972, I volunteered for the draft for a two-year period. I was a big guy and had to lose 75 lbs. in order to be accepted. But I made it and soon thereafter found myself on a bus to Ft. Knox, Ky, for basic training. After basic, I was on another bus to Ft. Lee, Virginia for Quartermaster school. Finally, in January of 1973, I was assigned to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico for an eighteen-month duty station.
  2. What is your most vivid military memory? During my discharge on Friday, July 1974, my roommate turned off the alarm clock, and I missed my flight from El Paso, Texas which was at 6AM. After scrambling around, I was able to get another flight out at noon. My Aunt and cousin, who were to pick me up in Bismark, North Dakota at noon, had to wait until 10PM.
  3. Was TBI a topic that was discussed when you served? No, TBI wasn’t heard of back then.
  4. Tell us about your experience serving as a Richland County Veteran Service Office Commissioner. Originally, I was approached to fill out the remainder of a 5-year term due to a death on the Commission. I was the first Vietnam era veteran appointed to the Commission. I am now in my 23rd year serving and have spent 18 of that as the Commission Secretary. Additionally, I have been the District 2 President twice for the Ohio State Association of Veterans Service Commissioners.
  5. You are a long-time member of Amvets Post 26. What should anyone thinking about joining their local VSO know? Amvets Post 26 is the largest Veterans Post in Richland County, both in size and membership. We have 4 groups that comprise our post: Amvets, Auxiliary, Sons, and Riders. We work together sharing and hosting events and projects. I think any discharged veteran should belong to at least one veteran’s organization, if for nothing else, to receive updated information on news and benefits that may be coming to them!
  6. What people may not know is that you are a locally famous musician! How long have you been playing the drums? I am a self-taught musician. At the age of 14, I took 6 snare drum lessons. I soon wanted to play a whole kit but my teacher told me I had to take 3 years of snare lessons, to which I responded “I can’t wait that long!”. After he told me that I would never amount to any kind of a drummer, I spent the next year practicing on barstools, beer cases and wire hangers as cymbals. The first check I ever wrote was for used drum kit for $100. In1975 I started playing in bands and just retired a few years ago, although I occasionally sit in with friends’ bands. One year for a Resurrecting Lives Foundation fundraiser, I put together an “All Star R&B Revue”, which backed the Soul Men, at Amvets Post 26. I still attend open stage jam nights on occasion!

Dean is also the American Legion Dept. of Ohio Golf Chairman, Secretary, Past Post16 Commander and much, much more!

Team Chivington: Riding for Veterans

Doug Chivington seems to be motivated by one thing: helping veterans. Each week he gets on his bike and rides over 2000 miles to build his endurance and train for his upcoming competition. Just like the postal service, through rain, wind and snow- you can find Doug out on the road, cycling.

You may be asking, “What drives someone to do that?”, especially during those cold Ohio winters. Doug has one response for those who want to know, “veterans”. Both of Doug’s sons have served over seas and one is currently deployed. Those who are part of a military family know that when a loved one is in the service, the whole family is enlisted. While not a veteran himself, Doug decided long ago that he wanted to find a way to give back to the veteran community, especially after his own sons’ experiences. So, one day, he decided to combine his passion of cycling with his desire to give back. Team Chivington was born in 2019 and has been gaining speed ever since.

Fast forward to February 2020, where Doug competed in a 24-hour race in Florida. The Sebring 24 Hour hosted by the World Ultra Cycling Association was a 250-mile race with world class athletes. Doug placed third in his division and best of all, raised money for veterans along the way.

Since founding Team Chivington, Doug has raised over $6700 for Resurrecting Lives Foundation. He collects donations from businesses and friends in his community, but also from complete strangers. We at Resurrecting Lives are so proud and honored to be his non-profit of choice and cannot thank him enough for his work. To donate to the cause, visit resurrectinglives.org and click the “Go Doug” tab or TEXT “GO DOUG” to 44-321

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Three decades ago, Brain Injury Awareness Month was established to educate the public about brain injuries and the needs of those with brain injury, including mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A mild TBI is caused by a bump, blow, jolt or penetration to the head that can lead to short or long-term changes affecting thinking, language, sensation or emotion.

 

Over 750,000 men and women who served in the Global War on Terror have some form of TBI. Often, those with a TBI go undiagnosed and untreated due to lack of education about the topic. Our goal at RLF is to bring awareness around the issue and advocate for the proper diagnosis and treatment of those suffering in silence.

 

If you haven’t gotten a chance to read our latest article about what TBI awareness and Lt. Col. Frank Slade have in common, check it out on TheHill.com by searching “traumatic brain injury”.

WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:

-Wear a TEAL or green ribbon on your lapel

-Use the hashtags #ChangeYourMind #TBI

-Donate or volunteer at a TBI non-profit

-Encourage a loved one to get tested if they are experiencing signs or symptoms