Below are some of the most frequent questions we receive. If you have other questions that are not answered below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does my donation ACTUALLY go toward helping veterans? Are you a legitimate charity?
We make sure that at least 80% of every dollar in support goes toward directly helping veterans toward connection, purpose, and healing. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization. EIN: 83-0656597
How can I sign up for one of the healing programs you highlight?
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How can I become a partner of Healing our Heroes Foundation?
If you believe that your organization fills a need within the veteran community and you are open to collaboration and a data-driven path forward, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible.
Who serves on the board?
Master Sgt. Roger Sparks has served within the military as both a Recon Marine and an Air Force Pararescueman for over 25 years. Sparks was the recipient of the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor, in a ceremony on July 11, 2014, for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley on Nov. 14, 2010. His citation reads: “Despite the continued enemy fire and with no concern for his personal safety, Sergeant Sparks immediately performed lifesaving measures for nine wounded soldiers.” Roger struggled with post-traumatic stress in the year after that five-month deployment, during which he turned to tattoo. “I couldn’t shake the catharsis of it, like how healing the experience was to be serendipitously tattooed right after that,” he said. “It’s a metaphysical thing of attempting to master yourself through experiencing the pain of tattooing but through virtuous symbols. The pastime took on greater meaning as he began tattooing fellow veterans. Sparks is currently transitioning from a career of special operations into the civilian world as an artist, author, and speaker.
Will served as an E-5/Sergeant 5 years in the Marine Corps. He is the recipient of the Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was also a security contractor in high threat areas overseas. Will is also a very accomplished athlete and trainer. He was a competitive swimmer and distance runner in high school, teaching Special Olympics and giving swimming lessons as his high school job. His beliefs in fitness as a form of physical, mental and spiritual health led him to start a CrossFit affiliate at the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan – the first of its kind at an Embassy anywhere in the world. He ran that for three years in Kabul before leaving to launch Huron River CrossFit in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Theresa Larson
Dr. Theresa Larson (aka “Dr. T”) has become one of the healthcare and fitness world’s most sought after experts on movement health and adaptive training. Dr. Larson earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego, CA. A former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran, Theresa also played professional softball in Italy as well as semi-professional softball in the United States, was an All- American Division I softball player at Villanova University, as well as a former Body-for-Life Champion. Theresa founded Movement Rx with her husband in 2013 in order to break free from the limitations that traditional physical therapy puts on practitioners and patients. The result was a company where skilled practitioners can be empowered at work while also empowering their clients and patients with the knowledge and tools to achieve a lifetime of physical freedom. She has become an inspiring educator for companies and military units, helping individuals and teams understand that change is possible however must start by leading oneself first. She has had the learn the hard way with this and essentially is giving people what she feels is greatly needed to be proactive about their health and well-being wherever they are. On top of founding Movement Rx, Dr. Larson’s passion to help individuals, veterans, adaptive (or disabled) athletes succeed in their new normal after an injury created a continuing education course for health professionals, veterans, and trainers called Adaptive Strength for Sport course as well as the digital course Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes with Max Conserva from goodleg.org.
Dr. Belisa Vranich
A clinical psychologist and a leading expert in mental health and fitness, Dr. Belisa Vranich is the author of Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve your Mental and Physical Health (St. Martin’s Press/Hay House). She is the founder of www.thebreathingclass.com.Dr. Belisa is a regular guest on national television; e.g., CNN, Fox News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Inside Edition, and has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Bill O’Reilly, and Nancy Grace. Dr. Oz has recognized her as one of the top US doctors in her field. She has appeared as a guest on Cesar Millan’s show, Cesar 911, and has been a guest on podcasts with hosts Robb Wolfe, Ben Greenfield, Joey Diaz, and Dr. Mercola. In addition, Dr. Belisa has been interviewed as an expert in numerous publications, including Crain’s magazine, GQ, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Time Magazine, and Cosmopolitan.
Dr. Belisa has extensive experience working with first responders: firefighters, military and law enforcement for topics related to endurance, stress reduction, precision, pain reduction, and PTSD. A firm believer in the importance of giving back, she volunteers and supports numerous organizations related to veterans and animal rescue organizations in New York City and Los Angeles. Dr. Belisa is an outspoken advocate of organ donation and dedicated her first book to Liamslife.org
David has extensive experience in documentary film production, television, journalism, photography and law. He is currently producing Democracy on the battle to save the American Republic (in production), and Visible Man on elevating the black experience in America for boys and men of color (in production). He recently completed Life After Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation which examines the root causes and conditions that foster racism and xenophobia among the radicalized Alt Right (2019), and Give or Take a narrative feature on one man’s journey to accept his father and change his life (2019). Other films include the acclaimed feature doc The King (2018) on the life of Elvis Presley as a metaphor for the rise and fall of the American empire, and a short film in Cuba The Cyclist (Una Cyclista) for “The New Yorker Presents…” series on Amazon (2016).
David has served as legal counsel and/or producer for documentaries such as: Denial (2016), (T)error (2015), Requiem for the American Dream (2015), The House I Live In (2012), Beyond the Boardroom (2006), and Capturing the Friedmans (2003). In prior work, he was a public defender litigating in Manhattan criminal courts for nearly a decade, embedded with US troops in northern Afghanistan, and was published in Vogue, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and other publications for writing and photography. His films have appeared at Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and many others. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2020, and a Grammy Award in 2019. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy.
Dr. Kyle Bergquist
Dr. Kyle Bergquist DC founded The Mission After in 2017 and now serves as it’s executive director. He co-created Serving Impact and the Winning Clinic Formula to help his fellow Physicians serve their patients, stay passionate in their work, and become wildly successful in their clinics in order to bring a larger positive impact to the world. Kyle has traveled the world producing documentary films in the health and wellness space and authored the book “Impostor Syndrome, Release Your Judgement, ReclaimYour Life.”Kyle served as the founder and CEO of the very successful Northwest Pain ReliefCenters. That business focused on integrated health care centers and had 9 centers in Washington and Alaska at their pinnacle. After years of starting and running several successful clinics, Dr. Bergquist knows firsthand the real-life struggles that happen with each phase of growth and what it takes to overcome them. In addition, Kyle founded and serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Healing Our Heroes’ foundation (now The Mission After), a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping veterans regain purpose and connection. It allows them to move down the continuum out of physical pain, addressing their emotional health and finally living their best life as a citizen after they have completed their service.
After gaining extensive experience in international insurance and assistance through her initial years at IHI Denmark, Gitte founded New Frontier Group in 2002. Since its inception, New Frontier Group has been a market disruptor and innovator in the U.S. Cost Containment Industry, being a pioneer that provides unparalleled Network Access and Performance Transparency (Onyx™ Online) to their clients worldwide. Gitte is passionate about customer service and innovation and holds a B.A. in Economics from Copenhagen Business School and a B.A. in Languages from Aarhus School of Business.