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THE LIFE CHEST with BeRemembered.com

An All-Inclusive Legacy Product

Now offered with BeRemembered.com, The Life Chest is the first all-inclusive legacy product, providing a lasting, meaningful way to share both tangible and intangible memories.

Save your high school yearbook? Share your high school memories in My Biography and reference classmates and teachers in your yearbook. Serve in the military? Include your years of service in My Timeline and place your ribbons, medals and challenge coins inside your Life Chest. Planning a road trip? Add your destinations to My Bucket List and save your mementos in The Life Chest.

Amelia saves her heirlooms in her Life Chest and then shares its significance in My Favorite Things on BeRemembered.com

Mike Elliot records his memories and most valued possessions from everyday life, to his time serving in the military and for his work with the All Veteran Group, of which he is the founder.

Mike Elliott’s mission is one of hope and inspiration, “With AVG, we are changing directions and changing lives. We provide a blueprint to translate aspiration for change into action, and a new sense of freedom. Traditional values of teamwork, effort, accountability, trust and selflessness are the cornerstones of AVG’s Programs.”

With The Life Chest & BeRemembered.com you can take the tangible items you’ve preserved and link them to a digital place to both store and share with friends and family. Together your Legacy will live on through both your memories and most personal items.

 

For more information please visit our website:  www.thelifechest.com

Testimonial video: https://youtu.be/LtFO0CMLIvI

BeRemembered.com video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ee_z6LuUYw

Wigs 4 Kids Gala

Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon is a non-profit organization that provides wigs and services at no charge to children and young adults experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and several other disorders. Every wig provided is custom-fitted, age-appropriate, and individually cut and styled as requested by a child or teenager to help them feel comfortable and confident.

The staff and team of volunteers at the Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon know hair loss can be devastating for young patients. Many of them may struggle with the emotional, social, and psychological side effects of their disorder.

Last weekend, our CEO Donna Yost and her husband, Kim donated an Aristocrat Life Chest at the Wigs 4 Kids Gala! The Wigs 4 Kids Gala is a gala that is organized by the CEO of the organization, Maggie Varney. Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Wigs 4 Kids has been in the beauty industry for over 40 years and has been a successful business owner and entrepreneur for over 25 years. As a Michigan certified technician of the national Look Good Feel Better Adult & Teen Programs for over 20 years, Maggie volunteers her time and talent to teach cancer patients how to deal with the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. The event was a very good time and supported an amazing charity with a great mission!

http://www.wigs4kids.org/

Donna and Kim Yost at the Wigs for Kids Gala

End Grain Wood Working Co.

We are so proud to be working with Endgrain Woodworking Co. on the Hometown Heroes Chest.

Hometown Heroes Chest

Chris Behm and Sam Constantine founded End Grain Woodworking Co in 2011. They started their company by working out of a two-car garage in their spare time. In 2012, they participated in the Detroit ReNailed Reclaimed Materials Building Competition. This competition was their first public event and they had a great response. They won the competition and invested the prize money into their business and they quickly started to see their company grow.

Chris Behm and Sam Constantine are prime examples of individuals that truly love what they do. There are many challenges they face with creating their products however, the challenges do not prevent them from dong what they love.

The wood that is used to make their products is native, and from Detroit. They use the wood that Detroit has to offer because it “adds a story to every piece that we have to offer”.

End Grain Woodworking Co offers an array of products. From Frames and mirrors, to coat hooks and flower vases. The skilled craftsmanship that has been put into each product. Visit their website to learn more! http://endgraindetroit.wix.com/tegwc

PTSD Awareness : Combat Injured Troops

In honor of June being PTSD Awareness Month, we at The Life Chest want to call attention to some of the issues our American soldiers face as the realities of combat. The statistics are jarring, but we believe that there is power in being informed, and understand that there are many who are unaware of the spectrum of problems that may follow our troops home.

For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every US soldier killed, seven were wounded. Combined, over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.

In addition to physical wounds, it’s estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression, and PTSD. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while deployed.

PTSD is claiming the lives of 22 veterans PER DAY. The numbers continue to rise and we must remember that without our veterans we would not have the freedoms that have become the norm of our everyday lives.



22 a Day – An Image from Combat Injured Troops

22 a Day – An Image from Combat Injured Troops

Transitioning back into “normal” life can be difficult for veterans upon arriving home, and that transition may prove to be even tougher for those injured in combat or dealing with PTSD. Luckily, there are many charities and organizations who strive to make a difference in these wounded veteran’s lives.

One such organization is the All Veteran Group. They are focused on representing military veterans through parachute demonstrations, tandem parachute experiences, brand ambassador programs, sponsorships & special events. They have a program called Therapy in the Air, where combat-injured troops have the opportunity to skydive with the All Veteran Group founder, Mike Elliott. Therapy in the Air is both therapeutic and rewarding to veterans. The All Veteran Group’s Therapy in the Air skydiving program “… helps warriors thrive through post-traumatic growth (PTG)…  [It] inspires individuals during rehabilitation, reintegration and during the healing process.”

The All Veteran Group

The All Veteran Group

One such positively impacted combat-injured veteran is Todd Love, a testament to both the power of the human spirit as well as the impact that Therapy in the Air produces.Todd Love was a U.S. Marine, and was injured in an IED explosion while he was deployed in Afghanistan. As a triple amputee, Todd dreamed of being able to skydive with Mike Elliott; however, his doctors told him it wasn’t a possibility. With the help and training of Mike Elliott, the invention of a special tandem harness, and the joy of the jump, Todd proved them wrong. Todd has completed over 200 skydives with Mike Elliott to date, and the happiness it brings him is incredible.

Mike Elliott and Todd Love

Mike Elliott and Todd Love

Todd Love is a USMC veteran who lost both of his legs and his left hand to an IED in Afghanistan, who's determined to not let that get in the way of ANYTHING (Watch Todd's story: http://vimeo.com/23424390). He has been surfing, skiing, scuba diving, wrestling alligators, and now learning to skydive.

The Life Chest is currently holding a CrowdRise campaign in order to raise money to donate Life Chests to combat-injured veterans. Life Chests serve to provide a special place for those who have served or are currently serving in the military to keep their most treasured mementos and keepsakes. By having their very own Life Chest, they will have the opportunity to constantly be reminded of major milestones, and intimate memories. With the help of your donations, after the combat-injured solders complete their skydive with Mike Elliott through Therapy in the Air, they will be presented a Life Chest.

Save a life and leave a legacy… Please donate today to The Life Chest and give our incredible veterans something special. Visit our CrowdRise page at CrowdRise.com/LeaveaLegacy and make a difference!



PTSD Awareness Month

At The Life Chest our soldiers are very important to us. That is why, this month of June, we would like to recognize that it is PTSD awareness month.

PTSD is known as post-traumatic stress disorder. It can occur following a life-threatening event such as military combat. Those who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. The disorder is the catalyst for many difficulties within a person’s life.

According to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, about 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime and the numbers are even higher for members of the armed forces.

It has been reported that our veterans are committing suicide at a rate of 22 lost each day, a staggering statistic that means we’re losing a hero every 65 minutes. At The Life Chest, we have partnered with the All Veteran Group to combine the healing potentials of our Chests with their amazing skydiving program called Therapy in the Air. With programs like Therapy in The Air, our veterans are getting the support they need to find hope in the aftermath of traumatic events and live their lives to fullest.

It is important that those suffering from PTSD can be reminded about the happier moments they’ve had throughout their lifetime. The Life Chest is currently holding a CrowdRise campaign in order to raise money to donate Life Chests to combat injured veterans who have served in the military. Our Life Chests serve to provide a special place for those who have served, or are serving in the military to keep their most treasured mementos and keepsakes. By having their very own Life Chest, they will have the opportunity to constantly be reminded of major milestones, and intimate memories.

The All Veterans group and the LifeChest is hoping to donate LifeChests to soldiers after completing the Therapy in the Air program. Therapy in the Air is “…[a skydiving program that] helps warriors thrive through post-traumatic growth (PTG). PTG refers to positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances… Therapy in the Air inspires individuals during rehabilitation, reintegration and during the healing process… they have the power to tell new stories that will help them overcome adversity and move forward. Through telling new stories, warriors are able to rebuild a sense of self—to reconstruct an understanding of who they are, their place in the world and what their expectations of the world are.” After the combat injured solders complete Therapy in the Air, they will be presented a LifeChest with the help of your donations.

Everyone has a story worth telling, and we can’t think of anyone better to help preserve his or her most treasured moments than our American veterans. Your donation ensures that their legacy lives on. Save a life and help our veterans leave a legacy! Donate today in any amount you can, and give our incredible veterans something special.

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise

Our Mission with CrowdRise : Save a Life, Leave a Legacy

CrowdRise Campaign AVG and Life Chest I didn't Give Up

Wow, what a month it has been. As a team we’ve been eagerly working at our CrowdRise campaign for 29 days now, learning so much more than we ever imagined about our friends The All Veteran Group, Combat Injured Troops, and about our own team here at The Life Chest.

We’ve never felt stronger, more empowered or more driven by anything than we do with this campaign. Our mission is to provide an intimate place for veterans to store their most meaningful memories, awards and memorabilia, and to create a source for their personal healing and growth.

A Veteran is someone who has served in the military (US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace. There are currently 21.8 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces as of 2014, according the Census Bureau. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform to serve us.

 

“The victims of PTSD often feel morally tainted by their experiences, unable to recover confidence in their own goodness, trapped in a sort of spiritual solitary confinement, looking back at the rest of the world from beyond the barrier of what happened."
 The Moral Injury, New York Times. Feb 17, 2015”
 ― David Brooks

While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our veterans for their brave service, we can help them ease the psychological grief and suffering they face everyday, a result of their bold sacrifice.

The gift of a Life Chest, though it may seem small, leaves a lasting impact and allows for our veterans to take solace in the moments they shared while serving our Country and sacrificing ultimately for our freedom.

All donations are used to give Freedom Life Chests to combat-injured troops through the All Veteran Group to complement their Therapy in the Air skydiving program.

The All Veteran Group (AVG), independently owned and operated, is comprised of dedicated individuals of both active/retired military and patriotic Americans.

 

“With AVG, we are changing directions and changing lives. We provide a blueprint to translate aspiration for change into action, and a new sense of freedom. Traditional values of teamwork, effort, accountability, trust and selflessness are the cornerstones of AVG’s Programs. ” – Founder Mike Elliot

Dear Mike Elliott - To say that I feel you and I have a very close relationship would be an understatement, on several levels. 

First, as a former Commander in Chief, I am so proud of all you have accomplished as a member of the elite U.S. Army Golden Knights. Your Service to the country we all love has been extraordinary - whether you were serving in theaters of war, or introducing legions of fans to the joy of parachuting.

On a personal level, working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. You have been there for me so many times, and I can’t think of anyone with whom I would rather jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

— Former President George H.W. Bush

Please Donate to our cause today and spread word of our campaign, every single share helps and every dollar donated contributes to fulfilling our mission.

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise

For more information on The All Veteran Group, Therapy in the Air and Combat Injured Troops please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/allveteranparachuteteam

https://www.facebook.com/CombatInjuredTroops

http://www.allveterangroup.com

http://www.combatinjuredtroops.org/

CrowdRise for Combat Injured Troops and All Veteran Group

Join The Life Chest Team May 1st through June 30th as we launch our Crowdrise campaign benefitting the All Veteran Group! Our goal is to raise $100,000, which will be used to donate 100 Freedom Life Chests to combat-injured troops and other veterans across the country.

The Freedom Chest was designed with veterans in mind, with the direct input of US Army Special Forces members at Fort Bragg. A Life Chest would provide a place for veterans to store their most meaningful items. A Life Chest is a place for veterans to hold their memories until they’re ready to be shared, and becomes a tangible source of healing and growth.

22 veterans a day commit suicide, which means we lose a hero every 65 minutes. That statistic is something that the All Veteran Group is working to turn around through their Therapy in the Air program, “…[a skydiving program that] helps warriors thrive through post-traumatic growth (PTG).  PTG refers to positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances. Skydiving has an unparalleled sense of freedom mingled with excitement unlike that of any other sport.  Therapy in the Air inspires individuals during rehabilitation, reintegration and during the healing process. They assist with helping individuals realize that they have the power to tell new stories that will help them overcome adversity and move forward. Through telling new stories, warriors are able to rebuild a sense of self—to reconstruct an understanding of who they are, their place in the world and what their expectations of the world are.”

Through creating our Crowdrise campaign and partnering with the All Veteran Group, our goal at The Life Chest is to complement the Therapy in the Air program with the donation of one hundred Freedom Life Chests. A Life Chest would serve as a physical manifestation of everything a veteran has accomplished in their life. With a Life Chest, they can store or display their awards, accolades, and other memorabilia collected while defending their country. So much in our modern world is immediate, fleeting, and ultimately, disposable.

The Life Chest is a place of memory and comfort and tells the story of its owner, making it the most soulful product on the planet. They can consciously create their story and construct their legacy while living right there in the moment. A Life Chest allows them to look back on all of the amazing aspects of their lives and to tell their life’s story, while at the same time serving as a bridge for that person’s spirit to continue on even after they have left the earth. There are so many forces in the world that destroy, but we believe in growth, positivity, and above all, the power of the human spirit. Nothing can stand a chance against a human spirit filled with the power and determination of hope. Save a life and leave a legacy… Please donate today to The Life Chest and give our incredible veterans something special.

Visit our Crowdrise page at www.crowdrise.com/LeaveaLegacy and make a difference!

Please view our Video for more information and for a look into our mission.


Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise

NPR: VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

This is a great article about the We Honor Veterans Program and about the care needed for Veterans who haven’t yet approached their PTSD.

“Shreve says only half the community hospices nationwide are taking advantage of the We Honor Veterans program, which is free. He’d like to see more of them get on board. That’s because half a million veterans will be needing end-of-life care each year for the next five years.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/28/381938804/va-steps-up-programs-as-more-veterans-enter-hospice-care?utm_source=npr_email_a_friend&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20150128&utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_term=

A Party for Our Hat Lady : Susanne Forbes Dicker

Monday Night we hosted a great birthday party for our friend “Hat Lady” Susanne Forbes Dicker.

Thank you to Mike Elliot and Louise Cantrell for sharing their stories to our many guests.

Susanne took home our Aristocrat Chest filled with mementos brought by each of her friends.

Hope to see you all again soon!

Save a Life, Leave a Legacy, Become a Life Chest Lifer!

Hat Lady Party Susanne Forbes Dicker