Military Veteran and former Navy flight surgeon's season of giving with Salvation Army

Military Veteran and former Navy flight surgeon's season of giving with Salvation Army

WEST PALM BEACH, Fl. (CBS12)-- Because need knows no season, The Salvation Army provides assistance to those in need 365 days a year. The Christian-based church ran by Ministers serve those in the most need.

In this week's Extraordinary People, we spotlight a special volunteer who has made it his life’s mission to make a difference and inspire others with his servants heart.

Dr. Lynn Hankes was interviewed by Michele Wright of WPEC Channel 12 news, today as one of their “Extraordinary Individuals”, for his good deeds throughout the community and for his volunteer work with The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. Thank you Dr. Hankes for being one of Palm Beach Counties extraordinary individuals and for “Doing The Most Good” by volunteering your time and efforts with The Salvation Army. #TheSalvationArmy #Volunteers #DoingTheMostGood (FACEBOOK/Salvation Army Palm Beach County)

Sean Davis is the Development Director of the Salvation Army of Palm Beach.

“For those that don’t know, we are an International non-profit and we help those in most need. We reach 27 million Americans each year.

Lynn Hankes is a man on a mission. As a volunteer with Salvation Army, Sean tells CBS12’s Michele Wright Lynn is truly extraordinary.

“He shows up with a servant’s heart looking to see what he can do for that person. I think that's pretty remarkable.”

A proud military veteran and US Navy flight surgeon, he spent most of his time in the United States Marine Corps. After struggling with alcohol, he chose to use his life to help others with addiction and mental illness.

“It's about giving back. There's a saying we have in the field, ‘I can't keep it…unless you give it away.’

Hankes is on the advisory board of several medical organizations and serves as a national consultant. He’s worked with churches and hospitals. He currently volunteers at the Lighthouse Detox which is part of Jupiter Medical Center and served as a volunteer for the Salvation Army's and CBS12's Haiti relief campaign.

“I'm very blessed with lots of things. Helping others and being around enthusiastic and other empowering people making a difference, ignites a spark inside and motivates me to do more.”

A remarkable man inspiring others during the season of giving to have a servants spirit. Also reminding us that we all can make a difference in hearts and homes.

“Our world needs unity. So many are struggling in silence. Just to let them know they're not alone and that you care. There are so many people who feel isolated and abandoned. To have someone care for them in any way possible mean's a lot to them and the giver.”

'Tis the season for giving! If you’d like to get involved with Salvation Army and their upcoming Angel tree and Red kettle/bell ringing projects click HERE

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Salvation Army gives more than 16,000 toys to around 5,000 children in need every Christmas in Palm Beach County.

The special holiday "ANGEL" tree inside The Gardens Mall is located in front of Sears. It is decorated with ornaments that have the names, ages and dream toys of kids from low-income families. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree provides 15,000 toys to kids in Palm Beach County. Shoppers can pick any child’s ornament from the tree, purchase a gift and bring it back unwrapped.

"Usually kids get three gifts," said Sean Davis. "It's a wonderful way to help children who are probably going hungry. And they're kids who were probably going to go without a gift because they really don't have enough."

Look out for Angel Trees at hundreds of locations across Palm Beach County. Anyone who wants to participate can pick an angel card off of one of the trees and make a child's wish come true.

If you know an extraordinary person, we'd love to hear about it. Nominate them now via email ATTN: Extraordinary People. Connect with CBS12 News Anchor Michele Wright via email, tweet her & message her your nomination on Facebook.


Doctor Lynn Hankes is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Over 30 years ago, he was among the 100 pioneer physicians in the entire country certified in Addiction Medicine, and he is also an honored Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Hankes is a Clinical Professor Emeritus at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He served 13 years as the full-time Director of the Washington Physicians Health Program, and he is also a Past President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. Dr. Hankes served on the Advisory Board of the Air Line Pilots Association and he is now on the Advisory Board of the Jupiter Florida Medical Center Detox Unit. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Professionals Resource Network, a program that facilitates the rehabilitation of health professionals with substance use and mental disorders.


  • 1965-66 Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola
  • Designated Naval Flight Surgeon
  • 1966-68 Senior Medical Officer, Chu Lai Air Base, Vietnam
  • Awarded Navy Commendation Medal


1968-72 New Jersey College of Medicine, Urologic Surgery


  • 1972-82 Private Practice of Urology, Aurora, IL
  • 1982-84 Medical Director, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency
  • Unit, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, FL
  • 1984-93 Director, Addiction Treatment Program, South Miami Hospital, Miami, FL
  • 1993-2006 Director, Washington Physicians Health Program Seattle, WA


  • Federation of State Physician Health Programs
  • Florida Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine


  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1965
  • Diplomate, American Board of Urology, 1977
  • Certified Addiction Professional, Certification Board of
  • Addiction Professionals of Florida, 1985
  • Certified in Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies through examination
  • by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Certificate # 424, 1986


  • Former Member, Illinois State Medical Society, Panel for Impaired Physicians
  • Former Chairman and Gubernatorial Appointee, State of Florida, Department
  • of Professional Regulation Impaired Practitioners Committee
  • Former Member, Florida Medical Association Physicians Resource
  • Network Committee
  • Past Secretary, Board of Directors, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Past Director, ASAM’s Annual Ruth Fox Course for Physicians
  • Fellow, American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Past President, Federation of State Physician Health Programs
  • Past Director, Washington Physicians Health Program
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Jupiter Medical Center Detox Unit
  • Member, Board of Directors, Florida Professionals Resource Network


  • Former Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,
  • University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Clinical Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
  • University of Washington School of Medicine


Co-Author, Chapter on Health Professionals. In: Lowinson, Ruiz, Millman, eds. Substance Abuse, A Comprehensive Textbook. Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins, 1992: 897-908.

Co-Author, Domino, Hornbein, et al. Risk Factors For Relapse in Health Care Professionals With Substance Use Disorders. JAMA, 2005; 293:1453-1460.

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