Episode 35: Featuring Jeffrey Hall and Lance Growth

Jeffrey Hall & Honor Flight San Diego

When World War II ended, the returning troops did not receive a grand welcome home as was given to those who returned from World War I. Most of those veterans today are well into their 80’s and beyond and have not had the means to travel to Washington DC to visit the memorials that honor them for their sacrifice and service. Thanks to Honor Flight San Diego, many of those veterans are being provided no cost trips for the veterans and family members to visit those memorials. Jeffry Hall a native of California is the current chairman of Honor Flight San Diego sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to talk about this amazing outreach to our nation’s veterans. Hall spent a couple of years serving in the military became involved with Honor Flight when in 2010 his next door neighbor, who had taken an honor flight with his father walked over and asked him to help get the Honor Flight hub started in San Diego. Honor Flight began in 2005 in Springfield Ohio and currently has 130 network hubs around the country that fly veterans free of charge to visit the memorials. Hall has been on 14 trips which are typically three days and two nights, and has flown over 1900 veterans and their families. A great number of veterans who take these trips have not talked about their war experiences openly with their families, and through the program many have finally been able to share with not only their families but connect with other veterans who have a shared experience between them. 


Lance Growth & Collective Access

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question we have all been asked growing up and one kids today are asked. Typically the answer is a doctor, fireman, and so on. Those opportunities are the ones most touted by the education system and society, but Lance Growth, Founder and CEO of Collective Access is reaching out to the youth of today to show them their options are unlimited. Growth sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, James Carmody and Jared Kelley to talk about the mission and passion of Collective Access has to engage the generation before his to help the generation coming up. He explains to Carmody and Kelley how so many of those he grew up with have barely even scraped the surface of their potential, but thanks to a man who mentored him, Growth has a passion to pay it forward and mentor others. His mentor told him, “I did it for you and you have to do it for someone else”. Growth has done that and beyond. One outreach that helped lead to Collective Access’ founding is called, “Ice Cream For A Dream”. An ice cream truck goes out into neighborhoods and the kids are told “I am going to give you and ice cream and you tell me what you want to be when you grow up.” Growth said when a child says they want to be a doctor, lawyer or any of the other ‘typical’ responses he loves to tell them, “You could also become a social marketing genius.” It encourages them to think outside the box and reach for their full potential. 


Take Action

1.  Visit Honor Flight San Diego to learn more about their programs.

2.  To contact Lance directly email him at lance@thecollectiveaccess.com or reach him by phone at 860.874.9955.