L3 Organization – Leaders Building Legacies for Life  – visited the Pathway Home helping our nation’s warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  “This experience, going to visit the soldiers at The Pathway Home, was really raw and honest and just full of the purest form of connection with another human being,” Karen Hawkins said. “It was a true gift for me… getting to know a handful of them on a more personal level was just a fantastic experience and one that I will carry with me.”

17 L3 members met in Napa Valley for a weekend of great conversation and wine but more importantly, a weekend of deepened understanding and appreciation. Members met with 26 military servicemen who live at The Pathway Home, a residential recovery program for our country’s “New Warriors” – those who have survived the stressors of war but may experience difficulty transitioning.

The L3ers and soldiers paired up for golf, flyfishing and a kayaking GPS adventure. Together, they also enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner at Vicki Sebastiani’s home, where the meal was provided by the Napa Rotary Club and L3 member Joel Tranmer. During these activities, the members had the opportunity to speak candidly and intimately with the soldiers.

“We all read in the newspapers about the transition that these folks have to make,” Rick Hawkins said. “But until you see it up close and personally, you don’t really focus on it. For all of us here to see this and meet these young men has been a real eye-opener. It really has sensitized me to the plight they have in returning to society.”

Who Attended

Phyllis and Jamie Browning, Bobby and Kay Gregory, Rick and Karen Hawkins, John and Susan Hunt, Richard and Patty Kent, Paul Robshaw and Linda Benge, Vicki Sebastiani, Alex and Kim Smith.

$15,000 donated to The Pathway Home.