Update September 13, 2014 – Last Man Standing Club of AmVets Post 26.

The LAST MAN STANDING auction to benefit the Resurrecting Lives Foundation was held on Saturday September 14, 2014. In 1950, 78 war veterans of AmVets Post 26 started a Last Man Standing Club. The last man standing would receive as his prize a bottle of whisky.  The remaining two WWII members of the LAST MAN STANDING Club, who founded AMVETS Post #26 in 1950, raffled off “shots” of that  prized bottle of whiskey, that had been aging in the hall for the last 64 years.  THANKS to our very wonderful friends, of which there were only about 100 present, we raised $5800 last night in an event for the Foundation. 

 

On this night we also learned from a very spry 90 yr. old former FLYING TIGER code breaker, founder of the Amvets Post, that in their bylaws, written in 1950, the Last Man Standing meetings were to take place once/year, on the Saturday following Sept. 11th.  A twist of fate that would tie the veterans of Post 26 to Resurrecting Lives together, 64 years later.

 

Resurrecting Lives Salutes the Last Man Standing Club of AMVets Post 26

In 1950, 78 war veterans of AmVets Post 26 started a Last Man Standing Club. The last man standing would receive as his prize a bottle of whisky. 64 years later there are only two known members of the club still living. In the spirit of continuing to give back, these two members of America’s Greatest Generation have decided to auction off the contents of the bottle and give the proceeds to The Resurrecting Lives Foundation, to help our newest veterans. To read more about this, please click here.

Mayor de Blasio Appoints Loree Sutton Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs

The Resurrecting Lives Foundation would like to congratulate retired United States Army Brigadier General and psychiatrist Loree Sutton on her appointment to be the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs for the City of New York. General Sutton was our advisor for the Einstein Study, a study conducted by the Foundation to define the signature brain injury sustained from IED’s. This is great news for New York City, and for all Veterans in the nation to have a person of her expertise in a position to affect change to help our veterans. To Read More click here

Upcoming COAC Fundraiser – September 6, 2014

We are looking forward to another successful sporting clay event that will benefit our INJURED IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN Veterans. For the 3rd consecutive year Central Ohio American Charities has chosen The Resurrecting Lives Foundation as the beneficiary of this year’s fundraising event.

The Resurrecting Lives Foundation assists America’s Heroes who have sustained mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) by funding research about the injury, increasing awareness of the effects of mTBI in our Veteran population, partnering with the corporate community for Veteran’s employment opportunities, and working with legislators to assist our Wounded Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans.

Although ours is a debt that can never fully be repaid, we can honor these Veterans’ service and commitment by providing them a free day of recreational shooting, food and camaraderie. Because of the outstanding generosity of our sponsors, we anticipate approximately 15 Iraq & Afghanistan Wounded Warriors will be able to participate in the event in addition to the funds raised for Resurrecting Lives Foundation. We cannot even begin to tell you how excited and grateful they are!

Please consider showing YOUR SUPPORT of these worthy Veterans by joining us at this year’s event. It will take place at Cardinal Shooting Center, 616 State Route 61, Marengo OH 43334. Your donation covers shotgun rental fees, 100 targets, ammunition, safety glasses, ear protection, a light breakfast, and lunch. If you have your own shotgun, please feel free to use it!

There’s no need for you to be an experienced shooter. The day is meant for everyone to have fun and support our local veterans where they need it most. And there will be plenty of experienced shooters willing to teach you.
For more information click on the link to the Brochure. Should you have any questions, please email Ken Green, President COAC. Central Ohio American Charities is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

Foundation highlights work of Jason Savage

savage-photoJason has developed graphical works supporting the Foundation and our Veterans. His most recent work was the image of the brain shaped as an egg signifying the wounds beneath the surface of the shell. This was sent out to our mailing list for Easter. He also developed a graphic for Memorial Day.

Jason Savage has been working behind the camera, taking still photographs since 1995. He has photographed a multitude of subject matter, everything from elk in the forest to rock stars on stage.

Having earned his BFA in 2001 from Indiana University (Fort Wayne extension campus), Jason relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2003, and has enjoyed living there ever since. During this time in the Pacific Northwest, he has done a variety of photography assignments for individual clients, magazines, advertising agencies and nonprofits. Jason’s work may be seen at JasonSavageImages.com

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Paintings designed for one of our TBI study veterans

 Bobby Wentworth, one of the pioneer participants

in the Albert Einstein TBI study, had paintings designed in memory of his military experiences. His mother, Michelle Belanger Wentworth, created several paintings in his honor. Please view two of her paintings with a full description of each authored by Michelle.

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Resurrecting Lives featured in article on TBI in VFW Magazine

VFW Magazine published an article in their June/July 2014 edition entitled “TBI: Tallying the True Toll” which describes the challenges of treating veterans with TBI. The article features quotes from Dr. Gordon and Daniel Hof, our fellow. Check out the article for more details.

Senator Brown introduces Significant Event Tracker (SET) Act of 2014

Matt Gossard & Daniel Hof, OIF Veterans, attended a press conference on behalf of The Resurrecting Lives Foundation and all Veterans on Wednesday, May 28th at the VFW Buckeye Post in Columbus, Ohio. He was there to support Senator Sherrod Brown and the Significant Event Tracker (SET) Act of 2014. This bill will help both active duty military members and veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI to self-report an injury and help with the claims process for veterans. Michael Fairman, OEF Veteran, assisted Senator Brown in the development of the bill. We strongly urge everybody who cares for our military and veterans to support this bill.

 

 

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Senator Donnelly introduces Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014

donnelly1-may2014  Dave Smith on behalf of Resurrecting Lives Foundation thanking Senator Joe Donnelly, Indiana, for introducing     the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014. This bill will go a long way towards our shared goal of reducing suicides in our Military members and Veterans who struggle with PTSD/TBI.

At a press conference held Wednesday May 28th, in Indianapolis, Senator Donnelly announced that the Senate Armed Service Committee passed the bill last week. This bill now becomes part of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015

AMVETS Rock-n-Roll Festival a Great Success

AMVETS Post #26 in Mansfield recently hosted a Rock-n-Roll Festival on May 10, 2014 to support Resurrecting Lives Foundation. The event featured auctions, door prizes and raffles as well as 8 area bands providing live entertainment. The efforts of the AMVETS Post 26 resulted in a very successful event again this year and was enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks to all those whose hard work yielded a spectacular event.

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