Military Sponsor Appreciation

Call to Duty

Original poem by D.A. Jennings, from her book, One Hundred Lives. Narrated by Tim Tones. Video and still images from U.S. National Archives, U.S. Army Signal Corps, Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, and the Department of Defense Audio Visual archives.

Soon after publication of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score, a reservist approached D. A. Jennings and mentioned that her book would be ideal for military members.  He believed service men and women could identify with the athletes who face challenges that appear insurmountable, but because of their perseverance and hard work they triumph.  With thirty-two years of civilian service within the Department of Army, the author was hooked on the idea.


Word began to spread of her desire to provide books to the wounded, ill and injured military members.  Soon family, friends and patrons from her author event signings began sponsoring books.  On the first page of every book, that is provided to a service member, is a label which relays appreciation for their service and it provides the name of the individual, family or group that has sponsored the book for them. Below you will find the sponsors and the number of books that have been distributed to various loacations.

Fort Bliss Flight-line, El Paso, Texas.

June 20, 2017 - 60  copies of American Sports Legends:  Your Turn to Score were presented to the American Red Cross, Ft. Bliss, Texas.  Lisa Boline, accepted the books on behalf of the soldiers deploying overseas.  Books were sponsored by individuals and in honor of Brightview Avondell residents and staff located in Bel Air, Maryland

Les McGlothlin

Murphy Family

Henderson Family

Ivy Dreisbach

Bonnie Jones

Pam Lucchese

Rob Jones


Thelma Preisinger

Joanne Rice

Bill Hassler

Terri Hanlon

Mary-Beth Patterson

Helena Jones


August 24, 2016 - Six copies of American Sports Legends:  Your Turn to Score were mailed to the Erie VA Medical Center in care of Ms. Karen O'Neal, Chief Voluntary Services for Wounded, Ill and Injured military members.  The sponsorship of these books to this facility was recommended and supported by Jim Barrante, CMSgt (R).

Jim Barrante, CMSgt  USAF (R)

George Heron

Rob Jones


Erie VA Medical Center, Erie, PA
American Red Cross, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas

June 15, 2016 - On behalf of the American Red Cross, Mary Hetz accepted 20 copies of American Sports Legends, Your Turn to Score, from author Debbie Jennings.  Individuals across the country sponsored these copies for military members located at William Beaumont Army Medical Center located in El Paso, Texas.

​Pam ​Lucchese

Bonnie M. Jones 

Nadine Jones

Rob Jones

American Red Cross, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Kaiserslautern Germany

April 29, 2016 - Elizabeth T. Kirschner, Station Manager of the American Red Cross in Landstuhl, Germany, accepts 40 copies of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score from James Barrante, CMSgt, USAF (R) who represented D.A. Jennings at the Germany facility.  Books were provided for combat warriors in the Wards throughout the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

​​The ​Lucchese Family

Cindy Kane

Bonnie M. Jones 

Nadine Jones

Perry Point VA Medical Center, Perry Point, MD

February 2, 2016 - D. A. Jennings presented six books to the Perry Point VA Medical Center, Perry Point, Maryland, on behalf of:

The Warner Family

Bonnie M. Jones

Nadine Jones

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

December 8, 2015 - D. A. Jennings at Walter Reed National Military Center  signing her books for America's Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members.  Forty books were sponsored and presented to  Service Members:

The McGlothlin Family

The Murphy Family

The Henderson Family

Pat & Brian Adelhardt