Americas Military Heroes Are Serving Today

on Battlefields Much Closer to Home

A triple whammy of pandemic, civil unrest and

political turmoil is motivating many veterans


By Chrisanne Gordon, MD


As a rehabilitation physician focused on healing the physical and emotional wounds of military veterans, especially those still struggling with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suffered in their service to America, I am very aware of new challenges facing so many of them today.  Nearly 750,000 American heroes, injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, still struggle daily with these issues.  But now a harsh new reality is making health care, education and employment even more challenging than ever.


I call this the Triple Whammy of 2020, a perfect storm of disruption that’s brought us a deadly pandemic and economic shutdown, followed by civil unrest and protests in our streets – all made worse by loud and divisive political debate. Yet in the face of these challenges virtually all of the returned servicemen and women I know are revealing a common strength.  Described in one word, that strength is “service,” our veterans’ commitment to serving their families, their local communities, and their nation.  It’s a commitment that doesn’t end when these men and women leave the military.


It’s revealing that so many of the healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement and other front-line workers today are veterans who were led to those professions by their passion for service.  Joining with active-duty military and National Guard called in to assist, they are serving their nation today on a very different kind of battlefield.


Thousands of other veterans are also stepping up to offer voluntary but equally important supports, such as delivering meals, working in food banks or assisting the elderly and others in need. For the injured veterans I know, these opportunities to serve – to make a difference – are important steps in their rehabilitation.


The combined impact of pandemic, recession, civil unrest and political turmoil has produced a new wave of confusion, anxiety, depression and hopelessness  to all of us.  But to veterans already faced with lingering symptoms of their service-related injuries, it adds an entirely different level of confusion, a burden you and I can never truly fathom, but one we need to begin to understand.


All of this has increased my commitment to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, a non-profit organization I founded with a goal of seeing that combat veterans TBI and PTSD  receive expert medical care, rehabilitation and community support services they need for a successful return to civilian life.  Our goal is to keep our former military service members in “service” to their families and communities by collaborating for their brain health.  In these days of Triple Whammy, that’s never been more important.


As Americans, we proudly bear allegiance to our “land of the free and home of brave.”  But we must never forget that we are privileged to live in the land of the free because of the brave – those men and women who put their lives of the line for our freedom who continue to serve us long after they’ve returned home.


Today’s members of the military, our  veterans, their families – the most diverse, the most united and the most determined American resource.  Triple Whammy? They’ve survived worse.  Let’s follow them to freedom.


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Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, author of Turn the Lights On! is an Ohio-based physician who has personally struggled to recover from a brain injury, an experience that inspired her to create the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, to help military veterans recover from TBI.

RLF Salutes Thoroughbred Racing and NBC’s Coverage of the 152nd Belmont Stakes

On June 20th, 2020, the 152nd Belmont Stakes was run. NBC Sports reporter Tim Layden covered the famous horse race with a thought provoking and deeply touching article, available here.

Our founder, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, was so moved by the eloquent connection made between horse racing and the spirit of the nation that she just had to reach out. Read her message to NBC is below:


I have a…Compliment

It’s about something on NBC.

Subject: Tim Layden – Sports writer/healer

Message: As a physician working with our young veterans struggling with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder I have a heartfelt THANK YOU to Mr. Tim Layden and NBC sports for their coverage of the Belmont Stakes. Mr. Layden, with the recent events in our nation: the pandemic of illness both physical and societal, our veterans non-profit foundation has been assisting with a huge uptick in the amount of anxiety, despair, hopelessness and exhaustion in our young veterans. I have, in fact, grown increasingly concerned about the brain health of many veterans who have been facing further isolation since early 2020. As you know, the US military is the most diverse population in our nation, and these young men/women are willing to give their lives for their brothers and sisters, as well as for us, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other distinct marking used to divide populations. They depend on each other; they offer their lives in our service.

In rehab medicine we learn, and I instinctively feel, the healing power of horses. Their strength, patience, competitive spirit, beauty and sheer determination are all attributes that our veterans, themselves, display. You, Mr. Layden, by your amazing opening segment about the Belmont Stakes, brought our veterans, and, in fact, our nation together. Your piece was the most beautifully written and the most engaging and encouraging segment witnessed in years; a landmark literary moment.

KUDOS to you, Mr. Layden. You not only calmed our veterans; you calmed our nation with phases like:
“eerie silence captured the mood of an uneasy nation” followed by AMERICA WATCHES and that even something “different and novel” can be a good thing. PURE LITERARY GENIUS

The mood of our veterans changed with your words. Your command of the writing as well as your command of the presentation was that of compassionate leadership.

You instilled the most important human emotion on Saturday, Mr. Layden, you gave us HOPE. Many thanks for your inspirational words and your exceptional delivery.

With sincere admiration for your talent, and gratitude for your timely message,

Chrisanne Gordon, MD
Founder, Resurrecting Lives Foundation
Dublin, Ohio


Check out the photos below from Resurrecting Lives Foundation at the 2019 Santa Anita Breeder’s Cup

Dr. Chrisanne Gordon at the 2019 Santa Anita Breeder’s Cup


UCLA Veteran running the Santa Anita 5k for RLF


RLF had a booth at the Santa Anita Breeder’s Cup to spread awareness about TBI


RLF sponsored a group of UCLA veterans to run in the Santa Anita 5k


Santa Anita 5k runners


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

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 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 by searching “traumatic brain injury”.


-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

Ed Heckathorn: Serving after Duty

When I was first contacted by the Foundation to write for the newsletter, I was honored, excited, and nervous about having to come up with something to write.  Then I thought, “Wait, why me?  I don’t have TBI, nor do I have PTSD.”   That said, I do have a story.  As a matter of fact, we all have a story, a story worth sharing.

I am a 12-year Active/Reserve Army Veteran, Staff Sergeant.  At 47 years old, I have two teenage daughters and one young adult son.  I recently become engaged to the love of my life, who has a ten-year-old son.

My military career started back in April of 1992 when I enlisted into the Army in active duty.  I did my basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  My active-duty job was as a fire support specialist.

After completing my training, I was sent off to Fort Benning for Airborne school and the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP).  After completing both, I was sent to my duty station, the 1/75th Ranger Battalion, in Savannah, Georgia.  There I was assigned to Bravo Company, where I spent two years traveling the world and training with what I would consider one of the best units out there.

After serving in the Ranger Battalion, I returned to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and went on Reserve status.   My unit was going to be closing down and no other units in the state offered my MOS, so I chose the MOS of military police, keeping me in my hometown.

While on Reserve status, I became employed as a deputy at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office starting in September of 1999.  There were many reservists working at the Sheriff’s Office during this period, and there still are today.

In January 2002, following the unfortunate events of September 11, 2001, my Reserve unit, the 342ndMilitary Police, was activated.  There were nine deputies just in my unit alone that were deployed.  Unsure of our mission, we knew we were shipping out to Fort Dix, New Jersey, for additional training.   This turned out to be quite a life experience.

Our unit worked with contingent Air Force soldiers doing transport missions of captured Taliban in Afghanistan.  We flew from McGuire AFB, New Jersey, to Incirlik AFB, Turkey.  There we planned for the next part of our mission. For security reasons, we would fly at night to a determined location in Afghanistan to pick up Taliban detainees from the ground forces. When we landed, the ground troops would bring their detainees to us to be accounted for and loaded. Then we flew nonstop for 22 hours to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There we unloaded the detainees to other Military Police who then transported them to Camp X-ray to process them. Then we would fly back to McGuire AFB, New Jersey. This all happened in roughly a 96-hour turnaround time.  Then the mission would repeat itself all over again in a week or two.

As I would imagine is true with most who have served, I am not sure I could ever truly put into words my experience of my time in service and how it has affected me as a human being, both in positive and negative ways.

One of the impacts it had on me is making me appreciate all that I do have and all that I have done.  During my 12 years of military service, I’ve traveled all over the United States, training with other units. I’ve traveled to Turkey, Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Panama twice.  In all my travels, I have seen many diverse backgrounds, cultures, and demographics; poverty and oppression; diseases and maladies. All of this has only made me appreciate more all the freedoms we have as Americans.  It has taught me to slow down and take some time to talk to people and recognize others.  Our soldiers are fighting and dying in countries with far fewer rights, freedoms, and opportunities than ours. There are soldiers and veterans living here and coming home every day with cognitive and physical injuries who are not able to get the help they so desperately need and are so ever-deserving of.

Getting out of the Reserves in 2004 was not an easy transition for me.  I was a Staff Sergeant and squad leader and it was hard to leave my brothers and sisters. Once you enlist, there is a very strong, real, and unique bond that one develops with what many would consider family.  I truly missed that bond and connection.  And while in the service, I had lost a “brother” who had become my best friend, the emotional impacts of which I still feel today.

While leaving the military was difficult on an emotional and personal level and I was dealing with that, for quite a period, I was burying the physical pains that I was experiencing. I had been a leader and thought I was going to just get through it and continue my time at the Sheriff’s Office and not face any of my physical ailments.   Then there finally came a point in time when I realized that I needed to reach out to the VA and to outside physicians and get the medical help that was there for me.

When I finally decided to seek treatment in 2008, I first had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Chrisanne Gordon.  This is when my post-military life changed forever.  I was her patient first, but now I have the distinct pleasure of calling her my Hero.

For those that are fortunate enough to know Dr. Gordon, you know she’s an amazing doctor.   However, you also know that if you get her in the room with another talkative person, hours later they will most likely still be chatting away.  That is exactly what happened and what started our relationship.  She and I talked for more than an hour at my appointment and it wasn’t all about my injury. We talked about veterans with harsh injuries and traumas, and about how difficult it was for them to get the proper diagnoses and treatments. She was so energetic and full of passion to help veterans that I was totally INfrom that moment on.

Beginning with Operation Resurrectionand then Resurrecting Lives Foundation, I’ve worked with and helped organize multiple fundraisers. Working with Dr. Gordon from the beginning, I’ve traveled with her to Arlington West in Santa Monica, California, for the beach display memorial for our soldiers fallen since 2001. I’ve traveled twice to Washington, DC, with her and my fellow friends/veterans Chris Lawrence, Wendell Guillermo, and Curtis Armstrong to advocate and to talk to Congressional representatives on behalf of our Foundation.

Working with the Foundation combined with my 20 years at the Sheriff’s office, with the last 10 years being in court services, I had the opportunity to observe an area where our court system was severely lacking.  I connected Dr. Gordon and retired Ohio Judge Evelyn Stratton to address this issue for our veterans.  In doing so, we now have established a Veterans Court in Franklin County, Ohio, where the focus is on treatment rather than punishment.

Dr. Gordon has been a true inspiration to me and there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help her and the amazing Foundation. I proudly volunteer with the Resurrecting Lives Foundation or advocate for our mission because I feel a sense of pride in who we are and what we represent.  It is a cause I truly believe in.  Being a part of this organization also has given me the sense of military family I was missing for so many years.  I feel right at home again when talking to any member of the Foundation.  For that, I am forever grateful.


RLF in the Community:

Ohio Cyclist Inspired to Ride for Veterans

Doug Chivington is combining his passion for ultra-distance cycling and supporting military veterans into a yearlong quest to educate others about traumatic brain injuries and the mission of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

Chivington, 59, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, will participate in several ultra-distance cycling events –each 100 miles or more – to raise funds for RLF.  To donate, visit our special website addition, or use your mobile phone to text “GoDoug” to 44321.

A lifelong runner and cyclist, Chivington has focused on ultra-distance cycling for about 10 years. He has been able to train full-time after retiring in March from Honda of America, where he was a human resources manager. While at Honda, he met RLF founder, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, when she spoke to company officials about hiring veterans. His interest in helping veterans is motivated by his son’s combat injury suffered in 2006 while he was serving in Iraq. His son has recovered but Chivington said he became an advocate for veterans with such injuries. “God has given me the talent to sit on a bicycle for a long period of time,” he said. “I would like to ride with a purpose and support our Veterans.”In addition to the Foundation, he is also sponsored by Cycle Zone, a bicycle shop, and BRL Sports Nutrition.

Chivington is looking to set a state record for his age group (50-59) for the World UltraCycling Association when he sets out on September 11 from the Cincinnati Zoo to the Toledo Zoo. In 2020 he plans to participate in at least four ultra-distance cycling events and hopes to raise at least $50,000 for the foundation. He also plans to meet with veterans and create a cycling team for the foundation. “It will be mentally and physically challenging to do these events and there is a connection with veterans because recovering from a traumatic brain injury is mentally and physically challenging,” he said. “I don’t want them to give up.”

The foundation believes he can accomplish his goals, said Dr. Gordon. “It is incredible,” she said. “We are so grateful for his efforts and proud to be a part of his journey.”

Ohio Every Day Heroes in our midst

Ohio’s third annual Every Day Heroes campaign has selected Resurrecting Lives Foundation founder Dr. Chrisanne Gordon as a finalist, along with 4 other Ohio residents.  The initiative, co-sponsored by the Columbus Dispatch/Dispatch Media Group, the Columbus Foundation, the United Way of Central Ohio, the Columbus Center of Science and Industry, and CME Federal Credit Union, will name a Dispatch Media Group Hero at a luncheon on October 1.  The series focuses on people who live in the Columbus area and “quietly work to heal, unite and improve our communities.”

RLF programs to bring SAD lights to Fisher House Alaska veterans and to drive meditation techniques as a coping mechanism for veterans with TBI or PTSD were highlighted in the Every Day Heroes publications.  Congratulations to the finalists, semifinalists, and all of the heroes we work with every day.

Dr.Gordon Featured as a Cardinal Mooney High School (Youngstown, Ohio) Outstanding Alumnus

As a way to spotlight Mooney graduates and their accomplishments, service, and focus on the school’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline,” Cardinal Mooney High School has begun a website series featuring outstanding alumni.  Dr. Gordon was honored recently in the Alumni Spotlight, where she credited her teachers as “brilliant and dedicated men and women who…. decided to utilize their talents in the Catholic School system to shape lives, communities, and a nation.” She cited her years at the school as “the ‘boot camp for the mission she would eventually embrace.

Lifting up our Veterans

Resurrecting Lives Foundation supported Lifting up our Veterans, a Union County (Ohio) mental health program held in August that was aimed at local veterans.  The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County and the local Veterans Service Office sponsored the 2-hour workshop because of an increase in local veteran suicides.  More than 3000 veterans reside in the county.

The program focused on TBI and PTSD, and featured information on how to help spot warning signs of mental health trouble and where and how to find resources.  RLF founder Dr. Gordon was the guest speaker along with Ohio State Senator Dave Burke.

Seventh Annual Scopus Sedge Fest!

If you are in or near Scopus, Missouri on October 12, seek out the good times at this annual fundraiser in the little town with the  big heart.  Every year, Scopus residents band together to stage a music festival, sell country favorite foods (and lemonade!), hold an
auction, and play games –including the infamous Chicken Poop Bingo.  In the process, they raise some money and give it all away to organizations that help kids and vets, all in memory of their dear friend Warren Miller.  This year, the fun starts at 11:00 am, auction starts at 2:30, and the 3-band concert featuring Curtis Cook and the Damn Band, Silver Fox, and Route 67, starts at 5 pm.  Proceeds from the day benefit RLF and the Heartland Down Syndrome Association.  We thank Scopus again for keeping us close.

From the Board: Seth Freshly

  • Captain Seth Freshly, Ohio Army National Guard, and IT Supervisor at Cardinal Health, joined the RLF Board of Directors in November 2018, taking on the role of Treasurer. In 2014, Seth left active duty and relocated his family to the Columbus, Ohio area.  Captain Freshly has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.At Cardinal, Seth has managed teams to deliver projects and manage IT assets. He volunteers with the Cardinal Health Veterans and Military Advocates employee resource group and has worked on hiring, retention, and recognition initiatives within the group. Prior to Cardinal, he was an IT project manager at Fast Switch, Ltd.As Army National Guard Captain, Seth was Battery Commander for Alpha Battery, a field unit of over 100 soldiers based in Delaware, Ohio. His unit, Alpha Battery, participated in the Republican National Convention in July 2016 and in Operation Northern Strike in August 2017. He is currently serving at the Joint Force Headquarters as a guard emergency liaison officer.

I grew up in Northeast Ohio with my older brother and parents. I knew I wanted to serve from a young age, due to the fascination towards adventure, machinery, and might that the military exudes. While in my sophomore year at high school, the attacks on September 11, 2001 marked the moment I sealed my decision to join the military.

After high school, I attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School in Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2005. Following that I earned a nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY from 2005-2009. There I studied International Law and competed on the pistol team.

After branching field artillery I selected an assignment at Fort Polk, Louisiana with 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division– the last place you would expect a mountain unit to be stationed. Selecting Fort Polk was an easy decision for me and a shocking decision for everyone else. I received a standing ovation because that meant one less Fort Polk spot for everyone else, but my fiancée (now wife) was at LSU studying civil engineering, so I didn’t really consider any other post.

I deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months in 2010, only two months after marrying the love of my life. There was a great deal of pride that I felt to be serving, but also a great deal of pain to be leaving my wife for a year. The experiences from that deployment and the large amount of support from back home formed the foundation of my desire to volunteer and give back.

My son was born in 2013 while I was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, and by 2014 I was transitioning off active duty. I knew that I wanted to continue to serve and found an assignment with the Ohio Army National Guard. I also found that there were a multitude of dedicated individuals who wanted to help with finding a job for a transitioning veteran.

I started working at Cardinal Health in 2014 thanks largely to the help of the veterans and military advocates within the company. After starting, I began seeing all the various charity events that were being held and knew I wanted to help as well. Over the past five years I have volunteered with various internal veteran initiatives and added 3 more children to my family. After my twins were born in October 2018, Dr. Gordon reached out and asked if I was interested in joining RLF. I was most grateful for the offer and knew it would be an amazing opportunity and a personal learning experience since I had suffered a mild traumatic brain injury from an IED blast overseas. Resurrecting Lives Foundation is among only a handful of nonprofits that bring attention to returning military who have suffered from TBI. From the Foundation’s early work to support landmark scientific research on the effects of blast waves on the brain to ongoing collaboration with businesses to raise the hiring profile of veterans, RLF shows its commitment to its mission on a regular basis.

Since joining RLF, I have seen numerous selfless individuals who seek very little recognition and give a very large amount of time

and effort to this cause. The willingness and attitude of our volunteers is nothing short of amazing. It is truly humbling and something for all of us to strive towards.



By: Seth Freshly


Those who came back scarred…

It has been 18 years since the horrific September 11 attacks that took the lives of thousands of people and shocked and yet mobilized our nation. In New York, Virginia, and rural Pennsylvania, first responders shouldered the terrible burden of being first on the scene, attempting to preserve and respect life. Many of them carried away injuries of the body or soul… or were not able to walk away at all.

For many years after, young men and women joined our military because of this crisis, and engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. Many of those service members also carried away injuries of the body or soul… or were not able to walk away at all.

But where September 11 inspired our youth to join in the fight, those who came back scarred have inspired the rest of America through their own private wars, fighting to resume civilian life. It has not been easy.

Many of them carried away injuries of the body or soul… or were not able to walk away at all.

Eighteen years is a generation; those joining the military now have little visceral connection to September 11 or OEF or OIF. But for those surviving service men and women who joined because of September 11, who sacrificed on the battlefield over the last 18 years for our freedoms, and especially those who carry the most invisible of the wounds of war – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury – Resurrecting Lives Foundation is eternally grateful. As a nation, we need to be united behind those who sacrificed, as they were united for us.