About Us

The LifeAid initiative seeks to reduce suicides with a new and different approach.

By creating a bridge between technology and mental healthcare to treat brain injuries vs. mental health symptoms, LifeAid offers veterans, first responders and their families new opportunities for peer support, access to new healthcare technology, and individualized therapies to heal the brain, reduce pain, and restore purpose.

Our Goals

1) Drive awareness about the need to reduce suicide in the Veteran and first responder communities by focusing more resources, technologies and research to treat the physical and mental health of the brain. 

2) Raise funds to help Veterans and first responders pay for brain and mental health treatments.
3) Connect at-risk Veterans and first responders with Life Aid’s network of resources


Our Team

John Wordin, Founder and Chairman

1981 - 1985   College Football Player - CSUN
1986 - 2004   Professional Cyclist
1992 - 2002   Creator Mercury Cycling Professional Team
                    7 straight years VeloNews North American Team of the Year
2005-2007     Creator - Kids Fitness Challenge
                    10,000 participants at the annual Rose Bowl Event
                    California Governor Fitness Council Program of the Year
2008 –          Creator Mental and Physical Rehab Program for Military and First Responders
Design and build custom adapted bicycles for severely injured
Creator DoD Warrior Games
Creator of No Vet Alone Suicide Prevention Program

Renata Sahagian: Chief Experience Officer

Maria Paone: Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Planning

Erica RubachMarketing, Communications, and Strategic Planning

Krissy McNeil: Communications, PR, Media

Colleen Seiberlich: Marketing and Partnerships

Sebby Respanti: 9/11 FDNY

Robert Keating: Equipment and Cycling Industry Relations


Advisory Board

Al RokerPresident of Al Roker Entertainment

Dr. Chris WhitlowDirector, Radiology Informatics and Image Processing Laboratory – Wake Forest University  

Dr. Jon Fellus - Chief Medical Officer at Advanced NeuroCare LLC   Suicide Ideation expert

Dr. Marty Kohn former IBM Watson and current AI international consultant. Data Analytics

Dr. Metin Nafi Gurcan - Wake Forest - Director for Informatics, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence

Jim Hart: CEO  Myneurvar. Umit Topaloglu –Wake Forest - Associate Director for Informatics

Dr. David Root: Leading expert in infra-red sauna-based human detoxification.  Retired American USAF Pilot

Adm. Margaret Kibben (ret): Chief of Chaplains – Dept. of Navy

Honorable Patrick J. Murphy: 32nd Undersecretary of the Army, First Iraq War Veteran elected to Congress

Jurgen Heitmann: Director of Performance, Arena Labs – Over three decades in Special Operations as a Navy SEAL

Travis Dalton: President , Cerner Government Services

Dr. Michael Harrington: Migraine Specialist

Dr. Skip Rizzo: Director, Medical Virtual Reality – USC Institute for Creative Technologies 

Dr. Daniel Amen: CEO & Founder of Amen Clinics. Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist.

Dr. Fred Starr – Founder MyNuerva

Dr. Bear Walker - Founder Earth Medicine Institute

Dave Edwards: President Founder Primal Wear

Chuck Steedman: Chief Operating and Development Officer, AEG Facilities 


    What is Life Aid?

Life Aid is about suicide prevention by improving whole health and empowering resilience. It is an integrative therapy approach to reduce military, veteran, and first responder suicide and why we need to focus more resources, research and attention on brain health.  The idea for starting the Life Aid Research Insititute came from John Wordin, Founder of No Vet Alone, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing suicide for military, veteran, first responder and their families by improving health and resilience. 


What are the goals of Life Aid?

  1. Creating a bridge between technology and brain health to treat injuries vs. symptoms
  2. Establish a new platform and protocol of care that will significantly reduce suicides
  3. Restructuring the way that we intervene for mental health by implementation of innovative solutions


What is the care process/guideline you follow? 

Thorough history is first collected, patient and loved ones complete several questionnaires, testing, and imaging is done. A physician then reviews all of this data and puts together a comprehensive treatment plan that takes into account the biological predispositions and psychosocial factors of the patient. This will include dietary, nutrition, peer support, group social fitness, lifestyle interventions, and other functional and technology therapies as indicated.

How do you monitor and understand the impact of that care process on the veteran?

Feedback from the patient, testimonials, surveys (PCL, PHQ, Etc.), and technological evaluations. Each participant will be closely monitored with periodic check ins including a follow up scan at 6-9 months to be sure progress is updated.  


What do you do if the veteran is not doing better?

 Any treatment plan will evolve based upon what is learned in any follow up scan, qEEG, and feedback from the clinicians and participant. The treatment plan will continue to evolve to meet the patient’s needs. If needed, the patient will be guided to seek local psychiatric or emergent care.