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The Life Aid Resilience Research Initiative

Mission: Reduce suicides by improving health and resilience. 

Goal:  Creating a bridge between technology and mental healthcare to treat injuries vs. symptoms. It seeks to establish a new platform and protocol of care that will significantly reduce suicides and improve health and empower resilience for veterans, 9/11 first responders and their families by combining peer support, technology, functional medicine, and community activation to heal the brain and produce more effective outcomes. #FindingHopeandPurposeTogether



Despite all of the advancements in medicine, technology, and treatment, the human brain still remains largely a mystery


That is perhaps why mental illnesses are so difficult for people to understand. The symptoms don’t present the same way as physical diseases, and there’s not always a clear protocol for treatment. There are no blood tests, and no biological markers to diagnose a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. At this time medical professionals are entirely reliant on symptom descriptions for diagnosis rather than a more objective approach.


Life Aid Resilience Research Initiative is creating a bridge between technology and mental health care and treatment. 

Ideally, technology should create an objective, sensible balance in supporting and enhancing clinical care for patients while providing real-time behavioral and physiological data for clinicians and researchers. This much-needed data will help lead us to breakthroughs in better understanding the biology of mental illness.



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Established the Resilience Research Initiative in April 2019 to Create a unique and highly innovative protocol with targeted and personalized mental health treatments and suicide prevention by combining peer support, technology, functional medicine, and community engagement to improve the brain health and produce more effective outcomes. 

 Our nation-wide network of community programs provides a vital lifeline for those who serve our country.

Life Aid changes the lives of veterans, first responders and their families by improving the issues they face: PTSD, mental health, physical wellness, homelessness, drug addiction, depression, and isolation related issues that directly affect their wellbeing.  No Vet Alone inspires hope and community that fosters the will to live.


Supported by the Veterans Administration, Amen Clinics, Al Roker Entertainment, Colgate-Palmolive, American Red Cross, KHS Bicycles, Primal Wear, Safe Tech Helmets, and other partners throughout the U.S., the weekend will include hundreds of events that will ensure that there is NoVetAlone.  No Vet Alone is a national organization dedicated to honoring veterans, first responders and their families ending the national PTSD suicide crisis.

For more information, please email us at info@novetalone.org.


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 – Present  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



Anne-Marie Principe - 9/11 Survivor and Gov't Relations for Victim Compensation Fund

Sebby Respanti - 9/11 FDNY

Maria Paone -Emme Solutions/Al Roker Entertainment/ LARRI Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Planning

Erica Rubach - Emme Solutions/Al Roker Entertainment/ LARRI Marketing, Communications, and Strategic Planning

Mike Luba – CEO, Madison House Presents – Production, Artist Relations, Venue

Mathew Thomas – CEO,  Concertpass  – Production, Artist Relations, Sponsorship

Robert Keating - Equipment and Cycling Industry Relations


Advisory Board


Dr. Chris Whitlow - Director, Radiology Informatics and Image Processing Laboratory – Wake Forest University. Uses innovative imaging approaches to study the longitudinal effects of trauma and disease on the developing and aging brain.


Dr. Daniel Amen – CEO Founder – Amen Clinics  - Amen Clinics  Dr. Amen is a Double Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist. He is the author of Ten New York Times Best-Selling Books and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


Dr. David Root - Recognized as the leading expert in infra-red sauna-based human detoxification.  Supported 9/11 survivors. Retired American USAF Pilot


Jim Hart – CEO  Myneurva – Aims to improve the lives of those who suffer from neuropsychiatric disorders by providing tools to directly measure and modify brain activity using qEEG.


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


Dr. Alan Sherr – CEO -Hyperbaric Assoc. of America -  Founder of Hyperbaric Medical Solutions, an independent provider of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)


Dr. Melissa Quinn - Board Certified Psychiatrist,  Psychopharmacology, Integrative Psychiatry and assists individuals in living a healthy lifestyle focusing on proper nutrition, nutraceuticals, decreasing chemical load, healthy mindsets and living a purpose-driven life.


Patrick Murphy -  32nd Undersecretary of the Army, First Iraq War Veteran elected to Congress, Distinguished Chair of Innovation United States Military Academy, Executive Chairman WorkMerk- education technology company


Dr. Mark Filidei - Director of Integrative/Functional Medicine – specializes in using targeted nutritional supplements, correcting hormone and metabolic imbalances, improving lifestyle and diet, and detecting and treating toxin exposure and infections like mold and Lyme disease.


Jurgen Heitmann - Director of Performance - Arena Labs – Over three decades in Special Operations as a Navy SEAL leader, he built, led, and shaped teams at the highest levels of US national security and diplomacy.


Dave Edwards – President Founder – Primal Wear – liaison to the cycling community.


Chuck Steedman – Chief Operating and Development Officer, AEG Facilities.   


Travis Dalton – President , Cerner Gov’t Services


Dr. Michael Harrington – Migraine Specialist -  is a research professor of psychology, who helped established the Molecular Neurology Program at HMRI


Dr. Skip Rizzo – Director, Medical Virtual Reality – USC Institute for Creative Technologies  - He conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation and resilience.




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