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By Marc Erich Wolf, Edited by Jim Luce

Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Chrisanne Gordon is building a new army to fight a new war – and that is the war on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which hundreds of thousands of U.S. Veterans and hundreds of thousands of more global soldiers are grappling with.

She started by producing a documentary film – and continues through her new non-profit, Resurrecting Lives.

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A vivacious woman who has combined her medical practice with documentary film making before, Dr. Gordon is passionate and clear about the mission she is flying on behalf of the men and women who have served and suffered from the “new wars’” new arsenal – IEDS, car bombs, and other devices that can blindside even the most trained and alert soldiers. After volunteering at a Veteran's Administration hospital, Dr. Gordon saw firsthand the physical, emotional and mysterious impacts of having one’s brain literally shaken.

“We must do something – this is mandate for all of us who appreciate the service and sacrifice of our warriors.” Chrisanne, who starts every morning with a long run in her Ohio surroundings – when she is not traveling and speaking, shooting and editing – explains further, “This is a non-political effort. We are not anti-military, anti-government, or anti-war. The aim of our film is to ensure the resurrection of each individual citizen-soldier who has volunteered and sacrificed.”

Dr. Gordon and her team have not stopped at the documentary – they have established a new non-profit, awaiting 501(c)3 status, to raise $3 million for research, advocacy and treatment.

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“Our goal is to raise funds and awareness so we can systematically, efficiently and successfully diagnose and treat veterans who are returning from war while also contributing to the prevention of TBI in the future,” Dr. Gordon said.

“TBI is the signature wound for these wars. However, all active military and U.S. veterans who have sustained a brain injury during service will be served by us,” Dr. Gordon said,  “while we also help non-veterans including athletes, survivors of car and other accidents, and more recover from brain injuries.”

Since the Gulf War, 3.2 million service personnel have been deployed to the war zone – many with multiple deployments. This is a huge patient influx into the Veterans Administration (VA), and the hallmark injuries/illnesses from these wars are very difficult to both diagnose and treat.

“Sadly,” Dr. Gordon said, “only 30% of the veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars actually receive treatment through the Veterans Administration, although all are eligible. Of the remaining 70%, about 20% have some form of insurance – either Tricare or insurance from employment. The remaining 50% of OIF/OEF veterans are uninsured. This also is unacceptable and our movement will continue to illuminate this very un-American lack of care for our national heroes.”

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Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Producer of Operation Resurrection, Founder of Resurrecting Lives. Photo courtesy Resurrecting Lives.

"Operation Resurrection" is not an end to itself, but a vehicle for beginning real, coordinated, sustainable action of individuals, families, and communities. It will be an engine to help drive community and corporate efforts towards the ultimate goal: the "Resurrection" of our warrior; our military families; our communities; our nation.

On Veterans Day 11/11/11 we launched the movement and introduced The Resurrecting Lives Foundation, challenging every citizen, every community, every state to enact positive solutions for a successful homecoming of our greatest national resource, our service men and women. Operation Resurrection is not a movie—it is a movement!
 

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One of Operation Resurrection’s heroes. Photo courtesy Operation Resurrection.

Operation Resurrection is a documentary dedicated to defining and promoting coordinated solutions to the health, education, and employment issues our Iraq (OIF-Operation Iraqi Freedom) and Afghanistan (OEF-Operation Enduring Freedom) veterans face when they return home.


A scene from Operation Resurrection. Video courtesy Operation Resurrection.

From the film’s website:

“The goal of this unique and timely documentary is to assist struggling service men and women who have just returned from war. It is an inspirational show that highlights solutions to the daunting challenges awaiting our heroes upon their return.

This project is driven by individuals alone and in groups, philanthropic corporations, concerned communities, and engaged politicians who are defining America's response to the homecoming of our warriors. Most importantly, we need to listen to our returning heroes and decide what can and must be done to resurrect the lives of our warriors, our warriors' families, and the institutions and agencies that strive to care for them.

The solutions are not speculative. They are established and growing programs that have been formulated and created by some of the experts in our nation. From coast-to-coast, people are already on the move to assist those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

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From the film Operation Resurrection.
Marc Erich Wolf
Marc Erich Wolf is a former U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and continues his service in the reserves.  Marc is a development executive for the UJA-Federation of New York and a Veterans Outreach Coordinator for The Mission Continues. Marc will be publishing on "Connecting Goodness" as it relates to non-profit organizations and inspiring individuals who are addressing the needs of military veterans coming home, in the U.S. and abroad. Marc is currently working on his first book, "From Frontline to Frontlines," is a Luce Foundation Global Advisor, and the senior contributor to The Stewardship Report on issues of war, peace, veterans, post-conflict resolution, and leadership in the humanitarian and philanthropic worlds.
Additional Links:

Veteran's Airlift Command

Coalition for Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans

Veteran's Network

Marc Wolf’s Series From Frontline to Frontlines – Veterans Continue Their Service

Achilles Foundation: The Sprint, The Spirit & The Freedom Team

Operation Resurrection & Resurrecting Lives: From Movie to Movement

Thanks to Daniel Santana for technical assistance.
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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, JamieG from Md, enufisenuf

    Thank you for your thoughts!

    by jimluce on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 06:40:20 PM PDT

  •  Everything From Columbus Is Suspicious (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    to some of us who've lived any time there.

    I wasn't finding her readily on google but there's an operationrescue.com and that links to http://resurrectinglives.org. No obvious reason to doubt that this is what they say it is, and she has medical training in the field and experience with veterans.

    Should probably be sniffed out by those who know how to do it to make sure they're doing what they say they are.

    It certainly is a noble and needed cause though, thanks for the diary.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 07:07:53 PM PDT

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