Thank dear friends who make a huge difference in your life…and in the lives of others…

by | Dec 31, 2012

VA San Diego Healthcare System
American Widows Project

Captain Lynn Hanna, Sail USA11 “Stars & Stripes” San Diego

“Sail USA11” Supports the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

“Setting Your Course for the Future”

The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Program (NVSSC) gives Veterans with disabilities an opportunity for self development and challenge through education and recreational activities. It promotes rehabilitation by teaching summer sporting activities to Veterans with significant physical or psychological impairments. Events such as sailing, surfing, kayaking, cycling, rowing, track and field will be offered.
Captain Lynn Hanna is a dear friend who has made a huge difference in my life…  Lynn and I became close friends over 30 years ago while working on the same sales team at a small telecommunications company, known then as Action Communications Systems.  Lynn served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War era.  As part owner of Sail USA11, “Cap’n Hanna” lives his dream of sailing in San Diego, California.  He is also passionate about helping veterans, including supporting the NVSSC (above link) each year by providing an exciting sailing experience to veterans challenged with physical and psychological impairments. 
Lynn’s Sail USA11 business also hosted this past year. “The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter. Military Widow to Military Widow.”  The widows of our warriors who make the ultimate sacrifice served America too with pride and honor.  They often suffer in silence and we rarely hear their stories.  My heart was touched hearing about the American Widow Project, and how these brave women band together and help support each other and the families of veterans of all wars…
I am very proud and grateful to know Lynn Hanna, who not only lives his own dream today in retirement, but continues to make a difference for others by helping military families heal from both visible and invisible wounds of war…  I signed my book for Lynn during our visit with this note, “Best friends forever.”  Lynn continues to serve America by helping fellow veterans and families in life after war…
Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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