Ohio Cyclist Inspired to Ride for Veterans

Ohio Cyclist Inspired to Ride for Veterans

Motivated by son’s combat injury, Doug Chivington, to raise funds to help struggling veterans

MARYSVILLE, OHIO – 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, plans to participate in several ultra-distance cycling events to raise funds for the Ohio-based foundation, which coordinates and advocates for a successful transition to a post-military career and life for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

A lifelong runner and cyclist, Chivington has focused on ultra-distance cycling – events of 100 miles or more – 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 Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, who founded the foundation, 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 said he is sponsored by Cycle Zone, a bicycle shop, and BRL Sports Nutrition.

He is training to set a state record for his age group (50-59) for the World UltraCycling Association. He plans to do it on September 11, traveling from the Cincinnati Zoo to the Toledo Zoo.

In 2020 he plans to participate in at least four ultra-distance cycling events. He 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.

“I would like to ride with a purpose and support our Veterans.”

“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.”

 

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For More Information, Contact:

Jim Lynch, 614-832-7295

 

Author Stan Crader Directs Book Proceeds to Help Struggling Veterans

Author Stan Crader Directs Book Proceeds to Help Struggling Veterans

Author Stan Crader, who writes and lectures about rural America, is donating all proceeds from his series of three books to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, which coordinates and advocates for military veterans with combat-related traumatic brain injuries.

Crader, president of Crader Distributing Company – Blue Mountain Equipment in Marble Hill, Missouri, wrote his first novel The Bridge in 2007. Paperboy was published in 2010 and The Longest Year was published in 2012.

“The proceeds from each novel was initially directed to a local charity…but now all proceeds from all novels are directed to Resurrecting Lives Foundation,” he said. He was introduced to the non-profit foundation from a friend who was involved with Wounded Warriors. He is now a member of the foundation’s board.

An estimated 20% to 25% of the nearly 3.2 million returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have a traumatic brain injury and an estimated 30% have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.\

Crader, who was raised in a small Missouri town, set his novels in the late 1960s in the small fictional town of Colby, His first book spent several days on Amazon’s best-seller list for Christian fiction.

His family and those who received his company’s quarterly newsletter and humorous family Christmas letters encouraged him to write a book, he said. While the stories are fiction, the characters are a blend of people he knew while growing up. There’s also a thread of truth in some scenarios, he said.

“They’re realistic, and take the reader on the full emotional curve…and evokes many treasured memories of their childhood,” Crader said of his books. “The target audience is baby boomers, particularly those who grew up in towns of less than 50,000 people, but I’ve found that readers who came of age in New York City find the stories interesting.”

Crader said readers encouraged him to continue tales of Colby and its residents after his first novel. He is contemplating a fourth novel in the series, tentatively titled Approach the Bench.

“I’m inspired to write or speak when there’s something to be said,” he said. “Rural America, when responsibility ruled the day, is slowly evaporating…and is now replaced by sidewalk-free neighborhoods filled with kids looking at their screens and texting a friend who is nearby.”

Crader has a website, stancrader.com. His books are available on Amazon.com.

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For More Information, Contact:

Jim Lynch, 614-832-7295

Resurrecting Lives Foundation expands it Employment Initiative to Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC.

 

Resurrecting Lives Foundation recently made a trip to Camp Lejeune to introduce and make plans to bring its “CO to CEO Employment Initiative” to the Marines at The Warrior Hope Center at Camp Lejeune NC.  The Warrior Hope and Care Centers provide medical care, mental health counseling, professional training and education, physical conditioning and transition services for wounded, ill, and injured Marines and Sailors.
While visiting at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Dr Chrisanne  Gordon was able to visit the United States Marine Corps, Wound Warrior Battalion East (WWBn-E) of the Wounded Warrior Regiment.  The Marine Corps through the Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR), has made an enduring commitment to keep faith with those who sacrificed much.  When a Marine is wounded, falls ill, or is injured, comprehensive and coordinated medical and non-medical support become vitally important.

The Warrior Hope Center

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Entrance to Hope Center, Work Out Room, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon with Artist Craig Bone

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Paintings at Entrance to Hope Center, Retired MGySgt Rob Saul poses in from of the a statue in front of The Warrior and Care Center.

United States Marine Corps, Wound Warrior Battalion East (WWBn-E)

The focus of effort for WWBn-E is taking care of wounded, ill and injured Marines and their families as they proceed through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System process. With a full-time staff of more than 200 Marines, Sailors and civilian professionals, we are dedicated to ensuring care of our Wounded Warriors throughout the recovery and transition process.

There motto and emblem are shown below:
ETIAM IN PUGNA – “Still in the Fight”

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To read more on the Wounded Warrior Regiment, Please click here.

To read more on the Wounded Warrior Regiment, Battalion East, Please click here.

Fisher House

Lastly, while at Lejeune they made a visit to the Fisher House. Since 1991 Fisher Houses have been serving military families during times of medical crisis, it serves as a home away from home and allows military families to stay together during a serious medical condition.

To Read more on the Camp Lejeune Fisher House,  Please Click Here

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March is TBI Awareness Month- are you aware?

 

March is TBI Awareness Month- are you aware?

Chrisanne Gordon, MD.

As a rehabilitation physician, Chrisanne Gordon, MD, thought she knew all about recovery after a Traumatic Brain Injury, (TBI) at least until she experienced her own. Dr. Gordon, quite literally, hit a brick wall with her head while putting up Christmas decorations. She was unconscious nearly immediately, and remained “in the dark” for about 20 minutes before she emerged, groggy and confused, and unable to speak. Her journey back to the “new normal” would take over a year – and would lead her to a new understanding about rehabilitation for brain injuries in otherwise healthy individuals.

She considers her own injury as the “boot camp” for what was to come – her work with veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, which left nearly 750,000 young men and women with injuries sustained by the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED), or the explosion of a rocket propelled grenade (RPG), or even the concussive forces of heavy artillery. It took Dr. Gordon a year to recover, with all the benefits she had available as a health care provider; how much more difficult it would be for our young warriors trying to reintegrate to the civilian world and navigate the Veterans Administration. It is for these military members, veterans, and their families that Dr. Gordon shared her personal story in the book, Turn the Lights On!,” available here and on Amazon.

Dr. Gordon, founder of Resurrecting Lives Foundation, with the assistance of writer Andrew Milller, is bringing this message of hope and recovery to TV and radio to spread awareness of TBI for our military members who may be injured in training as well as combat. She discusses her own journey back from TBI, while Andrew Miller skillfully integrates the recovery stories of veterans and even athletes in very personal accounts of injuries sustained from the battlefield to the playing field. This is a book of hope, with many resources for those struggling with this injury.

If you are a veteran who is experiencing the following, understand that these signs can be an indication of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and should be taken seriously:

headache

blurry vision

difficulty with bright light

ringing in the ears

excessive tiredness

memory loss or poor concentration

Symptoms like this can still be present months after the injury occurs. If you or someone you know complains about these symptoms, seek medical help.

Several pages of national and local resources are also included in the book. TBI is treatable and manageable when given proper attention. If you need more information, or if you wish to comment on any of the programs below, please contact us at info@resurrectinglives.org

Turn the Lights On! is a book of hope, with many resources for those struggling with this injury. To watch or listen to these brief but powerful radio and tv discussions, follow the links below.

 

 

Turn the Lights On! Book tour, Spring 2019

Let’s Just Talk with Kathryn Raaker- LIVE Aired Saturday, March 2: 10:00 am Link to listen Nationally syndicated radio show with three million listeners
 
Staying Young Radio Podcast released March 5, 2019 Link to listen Nationally syndicated radio show that airs on over 40 stations across the country
MyND Talk radio with Dr. Pamela Brewer Podcast released February 28, 2019 Link to listen March Nationally syndicated 30-minute daily radio show and podcast
Good Morning Cincinnati at 9 Aired Monday, March 4, 2019 Link to watch WKRC/CBS 12 Cincinnati, Ohio
San Antonio Daytime at 9 Monday, March 11, Link to watch KABB/Fox 29 San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Living Monday, March 11, Link to watch KABB/Fox 29 San Antonio, Texas
Morning News Houston Tuesday, March 12 Link to watch KRIV-TV Fox 26 Houston, Texas
Live on Lakeside Monday March 25 11:05 am Link to watch WKYC/NBC 3 Cleveland, Ohio
Pittsburgh Now Air Date to be announced WXPI/NBC 11 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month

From the Board: Christopher Brown, MD, MPH, FACP, FNKF

Christopher Brown, MD, MPH, FACP, FNKF

Dr. Brown is a kidney specialist working at Adena Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He is a board member of the Isabelle Ridgeway Foundation and a former board member of the YNOTT foundation. He serves on the medical advisory board for the National Kidney Foundation as well as the advisory board of Lifeline of Ohio. He is a member of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation Board of Directors.

As a civilian, one can take for granted the connection between civilians and the military. Over the last few decades there has been an erosion of understanding of our civic responsibilities. One unique make up of our democratic republic is that the military is under civilian control. As such the citizens of this country have a unique responsibility for our military. Through our votes, we indirectly determine where and with whom our military will be engaged. We also indirectly become responsible for individuals when they return home.

Membership has its privileges… and its responsibilities. While I think that American citizens have taken generous advantage of the privileges of being Americans, I’m not certain that we have shouldered our responsibilities as citizens of this great republic. Oversight of the health of our veterans, ensuring that our representatives are accountable for the outcomes of our institutions, is one of our unique responsibilities.

As a member of a family with members who served in the military during times of war and peace, including members who served in World War II, Korean, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars, I have come to realize the importance of that culture and our responsibility to those who have given so much for our benefit.

While TBI in general has a very ancient history, with descriptions in ancient texts, the use of explosives has increased its prevalence during war. The signature wound for our recent conflicts and wars has become traumatic brain injury, or TBI. While obvious head wounds cause TBI, closed head injuries can lead to TBI that can be more subtle in onset, difficult to diagnose, and have tremendous impact on not only the soldier who suffered the injury, but also the family that he or she returns to.

Diagnosing TBI can be quite difficult because it can present in multiple different ways and may manifest itself later than the injury. It requires a level of suspicion in individuals exposed to certain conditions, with the most important and common in the military being blast injury likely from an IED. Signs and symptoms of TBI in veterans returning from a war zone include

  • Behavioral, mood or personality changes
  • Difficulty identifying, processing or describing emotions
  • Persistent headache

Once a TBI is suspected, the veteran should be sent for formal evaluation, which will include a medical interview and exam, and likely imaging. The imaging may or may not reveal an injury; similar to TBI in football players, the imaging changes may occur years after the actual injury. The following are some of the clinical testing for evaluating a veteran with a history of TBI:

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to evaluate the working brain
  • Neuropsychological assessment to help plan rehabilitation
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging to evaluate important tracts in the brain

For those who receive a diagnosis of TBI, referral for appropriate resources is necessary. Support will depend on the severity of the injury and should include cognitive retraining and ongoing monitoring as necessary.

While TBI is a complex disease, with appropriate screening and resources this is a disease that can be managed.

March is TBI awareness month. Join RLF in increasing the awareness of this disorder that affects so many of our returning warriors. As citizens, we have a duty to ensure that the veterans of our conflicts and wars are cared for; to ensure that those who kept watch on our behalf receive the treatment for injuries sustained while keeping us safe.  

RLF in the Community

RLF in the Community

Focusing on TBI Awareness during the month of March, RLF’s Chrisanne Gordon, MD, will take to the road to share the story of her own TBI and recovery, as well as the scope of TBI and PTSD in our young veterans, via radio and television talk shows over the coming weeks:

Chrisanne Gordon, MD
  • Let’s Just Talk with Kathryn Raaker- LIVE / Saturday, March 2: 10:00 am Nationally syndicated radio show with three million listeners
  • Staying Young Radio / air date to be announced in March Nationally syndicated radio show that airs on over 40 stations across the country
  • MyND Talk radio with Dr. Pamela Brewer / air date to be announced in March Nationally syndicated 30-minute daily radio show and podcast
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: Monday, March 4: 9:15 am Good Morning Cincinnati at 9, on WKRC/ CBS 12
  • San Antonio, Texas: Monday, March 11 Daytime at 9, KABB/ Fox 29 from 9-10 am San Antonio Living, KABB/ Fox 29, from 10-11 am
  • Houston, Texas: Tuesday, March 12: 8:00 am Morning News Houston/ KRIV-TV Fox 26
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Monday March 25 Live on Lakeside, WKYC/ NBC 3, 11:05 am
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Wednesday April 10: 10:00 am Pittsburgh Now, WXPI/ NBC 11

In January, Dr. Gordon brought the story of veterans with TBI to a national discussion on internet radio’s The Frankie Boyer Show. Listen to the interview at this link on BizTalkRadio .

Local Ohio events

Participants in several recent local Ohio events heard about RLF and our work from Board member and secretary Paul Carlson. At both the Ohio Mid-Winter American Legion Conference in Columbus on January 26 and the Hamilton Township (Ohio) High School Military Appreciation Night on February 7, Carlson represented the organization as he met with and shared our mission and accomplishments. The Military Appreciation Night was arranged and hosted by Hamilton Township science teacher, Purple Star Liaison, and RLF veteran ambassador Corey O’Brien.

Invite RLF to your organization’s event

The Resurrecting Lives Foundation Speaker’s Bureau will open its doors in April. Board members and friends of RLF can bring our message of diagnosis, recovery, and hope to your organization. Watch our website for an announcement and future developments.

RLF Employment Initiative 2019

By Kevin Decot

Kevin Decot has joined RLF as our new Employment Director, managing the Foundation’s employment initiative. Decot recently retired from corporate America after spending 35 years in various leadership positions, including human resources, quality control and specification control.

I was asked recently why I joined RLF as the Employment Director. My response was simply, “I have a deep respect for our veterans and want to advocate for them.” My clinical experience in complementary medicine (i.e., Traditional Chinese Medicine) as well as human resources/ talent management provides me a unique opportunity to give back to our veteran community.

Partnering with RLF founder Chrisanne Gordon, MD, we have developed a “Re-integration Model” which will serve as RLF’s holistic approach to employment with a veteran-centric focus. This focus will be to establish community partners (and resources) that will deliver an integrated care model to our veterans. These components will include behavioral health, financial counseling, mind-body-soul therapies, community connectivity (via technology) and peer support.

Employment is an integral part in the reintegration process and helps to affirm a sense of mission. Therefore, we are collaborating with major employers such as Honda of America to provide employment opportunities to our veterans with TBI/PTSD barriers. We are excited and very encouraged by the many burgeoning relationships and collaborations in this important endeavor. Stay tuned for future updates!

March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month

From the Board: Christopher Brown, MD, MPH, FACP, FNKF

Christopher Brown, MD, MPH, FACP, FNKF

Dr. Brown is a kidney specialist working at Adena Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He is a board member of the Isabelle Ridgeway Foundation and a former board member of the YNOTT foundation. He serves on the medical advisory board for the National Kidney Foundation as well as the advisory board of Lifeline of Ohio. He is a member of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation Board of Directors.

As a civilian, one can take for granted the connection between civilians and the military. Over the last few decades there has been an erosion of understanding of our civic responsibilities. One unique make up of our democratic republic is that the military is under civilian control. As such the citizens of this country have a unique responsibility for our military. Through our votes, we indirectly determine where and with whom our military will be engaged. We also indirectly become responsible for individuals when they return home.

Membership has its privileges… and its responsibilities. While I think that American citizens have taken generous advantage of the privileges of being Americans, I’m not certain that we have shouldered our responsibilities as citizens of this great republic. Oversight of the health of our veterans, ensuring that our representatives are accountable for the outcomes of our institutions, is one of our unique responsibilities.

As a member of a family with members who served in the military during times of war and peace, including members who served in World War II, Korean, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars, I have come to realize the importance of that culture and our responsibility to those who have given so much for our benefit.

While TBI in general has a very ancient history, with descriptions in ancient texts, the use of explosives has increased its prevalence during war. The signature wound for our recent conflicts and wars has become traumatic brain injury, or TBI. While obvious head wounds cause TBI, closed head injuries can lead to TBI that can be more subtle in onset, difficult to diagnose, and have tremendous impact on not only the soldier who suffered the injury, but also the family that he or she returns to.

Diagnosing TBI can be quite difficult because it can present in multiple different ways and may manifest itself later than the injury. It requires a level of suspicion in individuals exposed to certain conditions, with the most important and common in the military being blast injury likely from an IED. Signs and symptoms of TBI in veterans returning from a war zone include

  • Behavioral, mood or personality changes
  • Difficulty identifying, processing or describing emotions
  • Persistent headache

Once a TBI is suspected, the veteran should be sent for formal evaluation, which will include a medical interview and exam, and likely imaging. The imaging may or may not reveal an injury; similar to TBI in football players, the imaging changes may occur years after the actual injury. The following are some of the clinical testing for evaluating a veteran with a history of TBI:

  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to evaluate the working brain
  • Neuropsychological assessment to help plan rehabilitation
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging to evaluate important tracts in the brain

For those who receive a diagnosis of TBI, referral for appropriate resources is necessary. Support will depend on the severity of the injury and should include cognitive retraining and ongoing monitoring as necessary.

While TBI is a complex disease, with appropriate screening and resources this is a disease that can be managed.

March is TBI awareness month. Join RLF in increasing the awareness of this disorder that affects so many of our returning warriors. As citizens, we have a duty to ensure that the veterans of our conflicts and wars are cared for; to ensure that those who kept watch on our behalf receive the treatment for injuries sustained while keeping us safe.

Healing by Sharing the Pain

Healing by sharing the pain

Veteran Army Captain Emily Stehr has been a longtime supporter of Resurrecting Lives Foundation, having referred a number of veterans to RLF as they were returning to the US to be discharged from service. Because of these referrals, RLF has been able to assist their reintegration process, including enabling VA access. Likewise, she has spoken to veterans referred from RLF in order to share her knowledge and experiences. We are proud to help spread her message of hope.

Emily and Matt Stehr

Emily Stehr is a physical therapist at the VA Hospital at Fort Drum, New York. She finds great reward in guiding veterans to a fuller life through therapy.

She finds even greater reward in sharing her story of survival, although she rarely does this anymore. Army Captain (veteran) Emily Stehr, DPT, stationed with the 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment in Iraq in 2008, fought her own internal war against suicide, and won.

She chose to live, and to share her story, and in doing so tore down barriers.

She came home post-deployment with PTSD and thought she could wait it out. “My husband was in Germany,” she said recently as she recounted her journey, “and I came home to Pennsylvania and spent time with my parents. I wasn’t sleeping, was having nightmares, and anger issues, but was still waiting it out – just thought I’d get it out of my system, like a poison. I knew how I felt but thought that it would be a switch that turned off, or a set of clothing I would change.”

Emily attended mandatory suicide prevention training immediately after her return from deployment, but the idea that this type of training will “fix” these destructive thoughts is incorrect. “It’s more complicated than that. I sat through the role-based training and thought that this is not working, because maybe I was struggling with suicidal ideation and waiting for the switch to flip. I understood the intent of the training, but it wasn’t working, not helping, and I hadn’t yet come to grips with my illness.”

Doing the everyday things, she was walking her cousin’s dog when she realized her illness was deep. Passing a cemetery, she envied the rest enjoyed by those buried there… and began to understand the scale of what she was facing.

Nevertheless, Emily returned to Germany, telling herself, “everything was fine; I had all my limbs, I was alive.” But still sleep eluded her, and she knew deep down that she wasn’t improving. One day, when she was back in the clinic as a PT, she read a report of a friend of a friend who was fatally injured on the battlefield. “The effect was cumulative,” she said, “and at that point, the façade that I was trying to hold up broke, shattered into a thousand pieces. I went to the hospital rather than kill myself.”

When faced with a choice, she chose hope, even if she felt little. She also chose to acknowledge that she had an illness – a medical problem – “rather than a sign of weakness, as is ingrained in our culture. I said to myself, ‘People here at the hospital think I’m sick – they are treating this as a disease.’ So I allowed myself to be sick.”

At Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Emily’s medications were adjusted, sleep returned, and life began to get better. “They did a good job in treatment for me,” she says. Key for her was attending a group class during her hospitalization and meeting others who had similar experiences.

“The big switch was when I realized other people were going through the same thing. If you are suicidal, you have isolated yourself. But through this group class, I started to find that I could relate to others…. I came to understand that this was a disease. If this is a medical problem, then what’s the treatment? It’s the human story- connections.” Others had given her similar advice but hearing this from peers brought credibility.

That’s when her recovery started in earnest- her realization that she should tell her story so that others might learn from her experience.

Working with her chain of command and the Army News Service, Emily broke down a door with her personal story of suicidal ideations, hospitalization and recovery. She went to Washington, DC to testify for the Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Committee. Over time, she was featured in interviews ranging from Women’s Health Magazine to CBS Morning News. Her goal: to help remove the stigma about suicide; to encourage us as a society to talk about the problem as a medical issue and to point out the many paths to recovery; to “… get some good for others who are sick and desperate to come from my pain…” she said.

Most difficult was the memoir she wrote and self-published (Knife Allergy and Treatment Plan). “The memoir was difficult to write; after my first inpatient psychiatric hospitalization it sort of wrote itself. …There was almost a biological need to expel it, almost like an exorcism. The experience is still with me, I just needed to write it all down to jumpstart the healing process.”

Ultimately, she knew this was the right thing to do when she received thank-you emails from military members and veterans, and learned of others choosing to live because of her story.

Emily is quick to point out that the largest roadblock for recovery from PTSD or suicidal thoughts is the stigma. “I’m fortunate because my family and my husband are very supportive, and stood by me all the time,” she says. “As I became more alive (I had been a zombie), just the things people would say against me because I came out on suicide were unbelievable. Also, I think people think there’s a risk, if you’re coming out about having these type of thoughts, in the military, that your security clearance changes, that your jobs are impacted – but that’s not at all true, even in the macho military culture.”

You most certainly can get better if you are suffering from such darkness. But Emily notes, “You have to decide to get better, and put the work in. We are our own self-fulfilling prophecy. Either for PTSD or TBI, you may feel like recovery is not possible, but it is. If you are willing to put the work in, you will find improvements – not perfection, but ‘post-traumatic growth.’ My advice: find things that bring you joy, and give back to other people. These have been important for me.”

Emily’s career has encompassed PT for veterans with TBI as well as orthopedic PT. She’s an author of more than 50 other publications, compilations of “interesting facts.” She envisions a retirement of traveling with her husband and enjoying family.

But above all, Emily Stehr is a survivor, and a believer that we all help each other survive the wounds of war carried by so many.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

DVBIC’s A Head for the Future: resources outlining prevention and recovery from TBI

Stories can deliver powerful messages. Witness the video stories of our own RLF ambassadors Wendell Guillermo and Christopher Lawrence, or of Amanda Burrill or Luis Carlos Montalván or Bradley Lee – veterans all, and all afflicted with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their brief but impactful stories talk about the pain and difficulty of finding diagnosis, and also of the hope and power of recovery. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center’s (DVBIC) A Head for the Future website is a treasure trove of these inspiring stories.

A Head for the Future, launched in 2018, is DVBIC’s outreach campaign, providing to the military community some rich resources focused on TBI prevention, recognition, and recovery. DVBIC is a branch of the US Military Health System and functions as the Department of Defense’s center of excellence for TBI. Their mission: promote state-of-the-science care from point-of-injury to reintegration for service members, veterans, and their families to prevent and mitigate consequences of mild to severe TBI.

DVBIC manages care and support for veterans and family members at 22 different medical centers. But their newest venture, A Head for the Future, can reach the military – and non-military – community across the internet.

In addition to many inspiring video stories from veteran TBI champions, the site also concisely discusses how to recognize signs of a TBI and summarizes approaches to treatment and recovery. But perhaps most importantly, it reminds us of some very basic ways to prevent head injuries in non-combat situations through some brief video and print resources. Sign up for A Head for the Future’s newsletter.

TBI is all too common around the world. In addition to those who suffer from TBI because of combat-related incidents, in the US there are another 2.8 million TBI-related hospital visits annually. March is National TBI Awareness month, and this year March 13 will be marked as Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, featuring awareness events and a congressional briefing.

Resurrecting Lives Foundation salutes the work of DVBIC’s A Head for the Future team.