The Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services…”Focusing on the education needs of young children of military members, veterans and families of the fallen.”

by | Jan 27, 2014

Please support my mission of helping families who suffer from PTSD and moral injury…order my book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story.  Click and order paperback or download Kindle version.  Buy my book at Barnes & Noble as well… Thank you! Steve Sparks, Author
Mrs. Mullen emphasizing the importance of focusing on the education needs of young children of military members, veterans and families of the fallen.

         Dixon Center Model of Excellence

Kimberly M. Mitchell click on link…quoting.. 

Article Author:
David Sutherland
Date Written: 

Monday, September 16, 2013

“You may have seen Kim Mitchell’s inspiring story on CBS News or on the home page of Dixon Center’s website.  In the story, you see how Kim was reunited recently with the Vietnamese soldier that picked her up as an infant lying on the side of a road in Vietnam and brought her to the convent where she was ultimately adopted by an American airman and his wife.”

The Dixon Center…  Quote from the official website of Dixon Center…

“Dixon Center is strengthening communities to enable our veterans and their families to thrive where they live by building partnerships, sharing innovations and connecting those who have served to supports and services.”

I was honored today to receive a phone call from Kimberly M. MitchellPresident and Co-Founder of Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services.  I knew just a little about the Dixon Center when recently discovering their website, but did not know Kimberly until reading her follow-up email.  I was moved that she would take the personal time to call me, but now understand why…  I was especially honored after reading her own heartwarming story as referenced above.

I wrote to the Dixon Center this last week and asked them how my work with children and PTSD awareness could help make a difference.  I gave Kimberly an impromptu overview on the phone of my work, including non-fiction book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, Blog, and charity, Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon. After reviewing Dixon Center’s website in much more detail I could see that their focus is on military children and families, very much the same as me.  I could also see that Dixon Center believes that success in delivering services and support to the families of veterans depends on strong partnerships and collaborations. Most importantly, the huge emphasis on youth education really got my attention!  My passion and work with educating kids and advancing the cause of PTSD awareness is a perfect fit…

The first step in collaborating is to share with my followers the exciting vision and model of Dixon Center.

“Imagine organizations that share a common vision coming together and creating new and better models of service…models that can dramatically improve the long-term educational goals for our veterans and their families.”
Dixon Center Imagining Collective Impact, Sept. 13, 2013

Thank you again Ms. Kimberly M. Mitchell for calling me and spending so much quality time listening to my story and discussing the heartwarming mutual work we do on behalf of the children and families of veterans.  I am looking forward to a follow-up conversation to explore ideas to collaborate by offering my personal and professional experience with the families of veterans and also the potential partnership with Neighbors for Kids, a highly successful after-school program on the Central Coast of Oregon.  We can all do so much more as a team, sharing innovative ideas and resources!

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story


Vice Chair

Neighbors for Kids

About the author

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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