Su-Lin Trepanitis

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Retired Army Sergeant Major Su-Lin Trepanitis won MHC Healthcare's Veteran of the Year award at a January ceremony.

Trepanitis served six years of active duty and 17 years in the Army Reserve. Following her military service, Trepanitis returned to college and earned a degree in nursing. She retired from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System after 26 years. These days, she travels as a nurse and guardian with Honor Flight, which pays tribute to WWII veterans with trips to Washington D.C. She also is volunteers with Lions Clubs International and serves as advisor to the new Marana Host Lions Club, liaison to Lions Vision Centers at MHC Healthcare and the main Tucson Foodbank, and is chairman of the Lions team to assist school nurses by providing free vision screening for school children.

She has been named Lion of the Year by the Tucson Downtown Lions Club, honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow and received an International Presidential Leadership Medal from the President of Lions Clubs International for her tireless work on behalf of those who need vision help.

"Military service prepared me well for serving others," she said in a press release. "I have been able to transfer many skills learned in the military into my service with the Lions. I am grateful for this honor and appreciate the opportunities I have to help others."

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.