Submitted by: Linda Patterson
The moment she set foot in Vietnam -- Christmas of 1968 -- during wartime, with no government approval, Linda Patterson became a living legend with an ambitious mission. And for 50 years, she's proven that those of us at home can do much to raise the morale of our military's men and women so they can "soar as high as the clouds," as her brother Joe had written in his last letter. Without realizing it and by simply doing her best to honor her brother's memory, Linda has become a source of inspiration for many ... for women daring to dream, act and love fearlessly ... and a place of comfort and acknowledgment for our troops, military families, civilian volunteers and entire communities.
Linda is the proud recipient of many local, regional and national awards and honors, including the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award. She lives in Pacific Palisades, CA, with her husband Steve. A Dove Among Eagles is her first book.
About the author:
Linda Patterson is the Founder and President of America Supporting Americans (ASA USA), a nonprofit organization that links active military units -- across all branches of service, including the National Guard -- with cities, towns and counties through an "adoption" program intended to raise the morale of those who serve while strengthening the communities of civilians who support them. Linda has enlisted more than 300 cities across the United States to adopt Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force units stationed around the world. In 2018, Linda helped host a four-day celebration in San Mateo, CA, honoring the original "adopted sons" of the Army's 101st Airborne Division alongside those active units the City has continued to support. Linda's brother, SGT. Joseph "Joe" Artavia, a paratrooper with infantry unit and famed "Bastogne Brigade" of the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles), was killed in combat in Vietnam in March of 1968. For her unwavering love and support, his comrades still call her "Sis."