During the Month of the Military Family, we celebrate the often-overlooked heroes who stand resiliently beside those in service. These families are knit together with threads of sacrifice, unwavering support, and an enduring spirit. From the partners who anchor the home front to the resilient children adapting to each new chapter—your collective strength forms the backbone of our military community.
Project Sanctuary is excited to highlight Vania and Deonna!
The Worsnop family will be known as the Lupola family once we get married. Our family consists of Vania Worsnop, Deonna Lupola, our three dogs: Roman, Cooper, and Apollo, and our four cats: Charlie, Katie, Peps, and Oscar. During my time in the Navy, I was a nuclear electrician's mate on a carrier that was a pre-commissioning unit at the time, the PCU Gerald R. Ford. I served for 6 years until I was medically retired. Now, I am a stay-at-home fur mom and Deonna owns and runs a very successful non-profit sober bar that provides outreach and volunteering to help its local community, The Karma House.
Challenges that we have faced as a family were dealing with my PTSD and the struggles that come with it. Without Deonna, I would not have been able to face and deal with all the issues I was facing. She has been a true source of strength throughout everything. The Navy was the hardest time in my life.
The couple are looking forward to getting married in the future.
Thank you, Deonna, and Vania for sharing your story. Also, huge thank you to Deonna for volunteering with Project Sanctuary and for the community involvement that you do- including securing yoga instructors for some retreats at Snow Mountain Ranch.