Meet the Vets


us-navyClifford 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. (read more)



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. (read more)


paul_keddellPaul 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. (read more)


jerry_waltonJerry 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. (read more)