Purple HeartBattalion Surgeon with the 1/505, 82nd Airborne Division and as Medical Officer in the Emergency Room at 24th Evac Hospital, Long Binh Post, Republic of South Vietnam.  Then a year as General Medical Officer at US Army Hospital, Camp Zama, Japan.  He completed his medical training at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, became Board Certified  in Neurological Surgery

Guest Bio Information: RICHARD B. SMALL, MD. Region VI Commander and National Surgeon of  the Military Order of the Purple Heart

Richard became Board Certified  in Neurological Surgery and practiced in Ventura Co, California until 2000.  His next 6 years were spent in Rescue Mission Work as a Program Director and volunteer Chaplain where he worked with many veterans living on the street.

He is currently Region VI Commander and National Surgeon of  the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and National Coordinator for the collaborative effort between MOPH and Spirit of ‘45 to honor and preserve the spirit of the “Greatest Generation.”

As a member of the Las Vegas Health Care System Veterans Administration Voluntary Services Executive Council he formed strong relationships with leaders of other Veteran Service Organizations throughout the Vegas Valley, Parhump, Henderson, Mesquite and Laughlin/Bullhead City.  Together their coalition holds annual Veterans Health Fairs, Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies and they share many Chapter/Post activities.

Dr Small is the founding Chairman of the Nevada Veterans Foundation (NVF) charged with raising capital funding and continuing support for a Veterans Guest House to be constructed at the new VA Medical Center in North Las Vegas.  Partnered with the Fisher House Foundation and the Nevada Military Support Alliance the NVF is well on the way to raising the necessary $6M in funding.  Dr Small is also a Director of the Nevada Veterans Assistance League, and a founding member of the Honor Flight Southern Nevada Board of Directors.

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