Meet the Vets

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Clifford Blind

Clifford Blind is a 20-year veteran who served as a Hospital Corpsman  and with the USMC for 10 of the 20 years.  He completed three tours of duty in Vietnam during which one of which was on ground with the Marines.

His unit was exposed to Agent Orange 1965-66 however, his first sign of Myeloma did not appear until 2008 when he was treated for an iron deficiency.

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Robert Brunner 

Bob Brunner is a 24-year veteran whose Navy career ended in September 2004 due to being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in January 2003. At the time of Bob’s diagnosis, he was the Command Master Chief (CMC) onboard the USS Ashland.

Bob has been in remission since then and has been an active runner in many events including recent Boston Marathons.

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Paul M. Keddell 

Paul Keddell is an Air Force Veteran in Poquoson, VA who retired as a Comm-Computer Officer in 1997 with 26 years of active duty. He was diagnosed in April of 2006.

Paul had a year of complete remission and has since experienced minor complications he credits to both the myeloma and the mini-allogenic transplant.

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Jerry E. Walton

Jerry is a 33-year Navy veteran (6 enlisted/28 officer) who retired from active duty in 1998.  He then taught Math until June, 2007 in the Chesapeake, VA public school system.

Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August, 2006, he attended an International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Patient & Family Seminar in March of 2007 in Houston. The valuable and motivating experience of that IMF seminar inspired him to start the Southeastern Virginia Multiple Myeloma Support Group.

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John H.

I served on active duty in the Navy from 1968 to 1972. I was assigned to Basic Training at RTC Great Lakes from Feb. 1968 to May 1968 and was assigned to Aviation Electricians Mate “A” School at NAS Jacksonville Florida from June 1968 to Oct.1968. After “A” school, I remained at NAS Jacksonville until Oct. 1969. During this time I worked on the flight line repairing electrical systems on NAS based aircraft. Work also included transient aircraft.

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 us-navy Theodore T.

I served in the US Navy from 1977-1981, in 1979-80 I was a Boatswain mate 3rd aboard the USS Tattnall DDG-19 and spent time off the coast of Iran during the hostage crisis.

Many years later in 1998 I injured my lower back which led to surgery in 2003. A year later I injured my neck which also led to surgery.

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