About Don Kirchner

A former combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam, Don Kirchner spent two and a half years in federal prison for his involvement with a large-scale marijuana smuggling operation in the mid-1980's. In over 25 years of work in prison and criminal justice reform since his release in 1988, Don has earned commendations from law enforcement and correctional authorities, and numerous government, civic and clerical leaders for his work in assisting inmates in better understanding how to overcome adversity. 

Founder and Director of an Arizona nonprofit organization, Society for Return To Honor, Don has written two books on turning adversity into personal achievement, and travels extensively in his efforts to assist communities in redirecting juvenile and former adult offenders toward creating better, more meaningful lives and futures.