Why I Donated

Why I donated. “I have been a lifelong civilian, though I've had a fascination with military ships and aircraft from childhood. When I trained in medical school, I spent a great deal of time at the Seattle VA hospital, and developed a strong appreciation for commitment and sacrifice made by the men and women defending our freedoms. My fondness for the submarine service is more recent. Our family most often vacations along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Whidbey Island, and Hood Canal, so we've seen many subs coming and going over the years and sightings are still a cause for excitement. The childhood fascination evolved into an adult desire to learn a bit more - which spawned a much greater awareness of the importance our SSN/SSBN/SSGN boats and crews. I am an anesthesiologist, and it is said that when we do our job well, it evokes little notice. I've felt that the secretive nature of the submarine service is similar in that regard. The opportunity to support those who keep us free is always worthwhile, and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a little connection with the ship that bears the name USS Washington was too good to let pass.” Dr. Chris Lee, Kenmore, WA