Healing the Brain w/ Jerri Sher and Sebastian 'Sebby' Raspanti

October 12, 2021
Hosted by Chris Meek

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Program host Chris Meek highlights the documentary "Quiet Explosions:Healing the Brain" on this week's episode of Next Steps Forward. Director and producer Jerri Sher, along with Sebastian "Sebby" Raspanti, a 9/11 survivor who is featured in the film, speak about how the documentary focuses on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) in veterans, athletes and civilians. The film was awarded the Most Important Film of the Year 2021 by TMIF and follows the stories of ten individuals grappling with TBI or PTS who found healing with the help of six different scientists and doctors often through alternative measures. The purpose of documenting the emotional roller coaster ride that those with TBI or PTS experience is to draw attention toward the need to help others cope and to highlight various treatment options that many might not be aware are available. For those struggling or who know someone struggling with TBI or PTS, as well as those seeking more information on the issue and listeners looking for a beacon of hope, you are encouraged to join their conversation to learn more about the documentary and hear Jerri and Sebby's stories and perspectives. Jerri and Sebby will inspire others not only to hold steadfast in finding reasons to live but also seek out opportunities each and every day to positively influence others.

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Chris Meek

Chris Meek

Chris Meek believes in the American spirit of individual empowerment and service to others, especially those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. As someone who lived through the horrors of Ground Zero on 9/11, Chris had no way home but to join others as they put one foot in front of the other to make their way forward. Since that day, Chris has committed himself to empowering and motivating fellow Americans to keep taking steps forward, no matter what life throws their way.

Chris has spent the last decade serving as the co-founder and chairman of the national nonprofit SoldierStrong, which is dedicated to helping military veterans take their next steps forward. SoldierStrong carries out its mission by providing revolutionary medical technology to VA medical centers, including exoskeleton suits to help paralyzed veterans walk again and virtual reality equipment to help treat post-traumatic stress.

He also serves as an advisor on the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task force. In this role, he shares a responsibility to raise awareness about mental health, facilitate research and define a plan to prevent suicide. In 2020, Chris launched ReachStrong, a nonprofit aimed at empowering all Americans to care for their overall well-being. Chris is also a financial services executive at S and P Global, Inc, in New York City. He and his wife, Christine, have three children.

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