Meetings are held at 1:00 PM on the first Wednesday of each month at the Chapter Office - 11620 Busy Street, North Chesterfield, VA 23236. The members discuss ways how to improve health benefits for our veterans, improve veteran services and they speak to our congressman representative to make share our concerns are heard.
Meetings are held at 2:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month in the Spinal Cord Injury Dining Hall at McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Virginia. There are many benefits to becoming a member of The Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter PVA (VAMAPVA). Even if you are not a paralyzed veteran, there are plenty of ways to become involved!
US AIR FORCE, VETERAN (SERVICE 1967-1971)
Aircraft and Control Warning Operator (AC&W), Serving in the Air Defense Command under NORAD and Pacific Airforce Command. I left the Airforce in 1971 after 4 years of service. After leaving the USA I later enrolled in Mortuary School in Syracuse, NY. Upon finishing Mortuary School I moved to Maryland to serve a required 2 year apprenticeship. After successfully taking the Maryland State Boards I received my Funeral Director and Mortuary license.
I was employed by Vernon Bailey and Bullocks Mortuary establishments for several years until, I decided to open my own establishment with my wife and children and some very dedicated employees I continued to operate the business for eight years following my Spinal Cord Injury. It was in those years I realized that life goes on no matter what circumstances you are confronted, and as long as you try you can achieve.
I have been a member of this Mid-Atlantic PVA Chapter for 16 years. I currently serve as a Mid-Atlantic PVA board member, peer counselor for past 10 years, helping new and old injured individuals adjust to their life changing conditions
Our chapter has been one of the most viable and solvent chapters in the country. If you cast your vote for me when you get your ballots I promise you I will do everything in my power to put your concerns first, and keep our chapter strong and successful in order to serve all our members, and support our National PVA Organization.
THANK YOU, ARNOLD BEARD
Bagferry “Ace” Cruz
Ace was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1978. Ace completed his primary schooling in the Philippines and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in May 2001 with a degree in Accounting. Ace enlisted in the Marines in October 1978. He served 14 years before he was medically discharged as a result of a motorcycle accident. His level of injury is T4/T5. Ace has been a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) since 1992. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic PVA Chapter’s board. He is also a volunteer at the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and serves as the Veteran Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS) Officer. He is also a member of the patient education committee. In 2007, Ace was elected and served as the vice president and treasurer of the North Carolina Handicapped Sportsman Association. During his service in the Marines, his assignments included: Parris Island, SC; Cherry Point, NC; Camp Lejeune, NC; Navy Air Station, Millington, TN; Yuma, AZ and numerous deployments overseas. Ace’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Mast (3rd Award), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3rd Award), Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. He has also received a host of appreciation letters for duties performed on station and in the community. Ace resides in Fayetteville, NC.
Preston A. Curry, 46, is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 1989, he graduated from Floyd E. Kellam High School, in Virginia Beach.
Preston enlisted in the United States Army in 1992, as an Automated Logistics Specialist. Upon entry into the U.S. Army, Preston completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individualized Training at Fort Lee, Virginia.
Preston’s duty stations included Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Dix, New Jersey. Some of Preston’s duties as an Automated Logistics Specialist included bidding on contracts, buying and keeping inventory on repair parts and weapons systems, and some grant writing.
While in the Army, Preston earned awards such as the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.
In February of 1995, Preston sustained a Spinal Cord Injury in an automobile accident, making him a C7/T1 quadriplegic. In June of that same year, Preston was medically retired, ending an abbreviated military career.
After completing rehabilitation at McGuire VAMC, Preston earned an A.A.S in Human Services from John Tyler Community College, and a B.S. in Human Services from Old Dominion University. He also was employed at VCU Hospitals as a Research Specialist on the Spinal Cord Injury Research Project from 2005-2008.
In his spare time, Preston’s hobbies include participating in several wheelchair sports, cooking, reading, traveling, and attending sporting events, among others.
Preston also volunteers as a Peer Counselor at McGuire VAMC and with Sportable.
As a PVA member for 20 years, Preston has served on several committees, and as an Ad Hoc Board Member with the PVA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Midlothian, VA has been Preston’s home since 1998, which he shares with his wife, and daughter.
I am Jeff East. I am an Army veteran who was hurt in 09 from a motorcycle accident. My military background started in 1997-2004. I was first stationed at FT. Bragg NC. I was Airborne Infantry till 2002. I moved up the ranks to becoming a young E-5 team leader. I then PCS’d to Ft. Lewis WA where I certified the 1st STRYKER BDE and helped build the 2nd. I got out of the military in ’04 after my reenlistment ended. I did a 3 year enlistment and a 4 year enlistment. After my active duty ended I became an instructor for ROTC in WA for a short stint then I moved back to VA.
I have been a member of the PVA since 2010. I became active in this organization in 2011. I was then asked to sit on the board as an adhoc member and quickly became an intricate member of the board. I was the youngest member on the board and the only one to chair an event at the NVWG in 2012. During that time, I was mentored by our former past President Chuck Willis. He began to teach me how the organization ran, expressed his desire for changes, and agreed with many of my ideas. He had an ardent desire for the younger members to come be a part of the leadership so to him and others I was a new awakening. I formed many relationships with members and shared their concerns and wants for changes from the same stale routines.
With some help from other members we began pizza parties for football during the season for inpatient at the VA. We pushed for more evets such as golf, disc golf, and different trips to hopefully excite and get more member involvement. I helped write and did many of our speaking engagements whether to bring awareness to the organization or solicit funding for events.
During my sitting on the board I was a member of the Personnel, Sports, and Finance committees. I was the asst. treasurer under Smitty and his place as Treasurer. I revised a few outdated policies and was able to write a few new ones. Along with the Finance committee, we were on our way to impressive gains in our organization. We were on track to have a portfolio of $500,000 by end of year 15 and hopes of reaching the $750,000 mark by end of fy 17. I was able to write and secure almost $100,000 in donations both monetary and in supply during my stay on the board.
Outside of my leadership roles within the organization I am also a peer counselor, public speaker. I headed and started the outreach and awareness committee with hopes of bringing attention to those of us who suffer from SCI&D. I was lucky to have made a few friends along the way who supported me and had the task of reeling me in when I was frustrated. While I had my disagreements with people my primary focus was always the betterment of the chapter and its members. Even since I left the board in FY 15, I have helped the membership by being a peer counselor and giving advice on issues that many of us have.
Since I have left the board I have still been able to continue some of the things I did with the chapter. I have taught classes to EMT’s on how to treat and approach those of us with SCI’s. I have also started and successfully run my own business for almost 2 years now. I hope this gives you a brief overview with who I am for those that do not know me.
A 58 year-old Marine Corps Veteran as of August 2, 2017, this will be Raymond’s 17th term as a member of the Board of Directors if he is elected. He had the honor of serving at HMX-1 Quantico, Virginia home of the Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron Marine One. He had the honor of serving former President Ronald Reagan while at HMX-1. Raymond received an honorable discharge in June 1982. Raymond received a C-6 spinal cord injury on June 25, 1994 because of an automobile accident. After rehab at VCU Medical Hospital, he returned to Cadmus Journal Services where he worked for a total of 17 years. Raymond is experienced in software setup and configuration. Mr. Kenney is active in wheelchair sports, including the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and the Mid-Winter Sports Clinics. Mr. Kenney is currently serving on the Board of Directors as the former Chapter National Director and current Chapter Liaison Officer. Mr. Kenney spends many hours at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC hospital as the Liaison Officer supporting the veterans that have to come in from time to time and also the newly injured veterans.
Raymond is a member of the McGuire Peer Counseling Team and spends a lot of time and effort helping any veteran that comes to McGuire VAMC. He is extremely concerned with the care, rights, and benefits of spinal cord injured veterans and will continue to do so. Mr. Kenney has served on the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council for 3 years and was selected by the former Governor of Virginia Tim Kaine. Mr. Kenney is involved with other organizations within his community so that he can better serve people with disabilities whether they are service-connected or not. Mr. Kenney has a 30-year-old son who graduated from Hermitage High School in Henrico County, Virginia. Mr. Kenney’s son Trae is a graduate of James Madison University and is currently a firefighter for the city of Richmond. His son Trae has be inducted into Hermitage High School Hall of Fame. Raymond always has time to talk about how proud he is of his son and two grandkids Breez and Skylah.
You have to be willing to put the time, effort, and dedication in that it will take to serve on the board. I do this because it means a lot to a veteran that is lying in the hospital far from home and family that just might want someone to talk to, or may have some concerns that can be addressed by this Chapter. I am a true professional and I take my job seriously. If you have come to the hospital for medical attention or for your annual, I probably talked to you. I probably saw you there because I try my best to make myself available to you. That is why I volunteer, because I get great satisfaction knowing I have made a slight improvement in a veteran’s life. That’s what it’s all about.
A 67-year-old disabled veteran of the Vietnam era. This December, Mr. May will have been in a wheelchair for 47 years. Mr. May was injured in Vietnam on December 1, 1968. At the time, he was in the Army serving with “The Big Red I” Infantry Division. While serving he received a Purple Heart, the Army Accommodation Medal, and other medals. Mr. May is past president of the Independent Wheelchair Athletic Association. He has been involved with Independent Wheels since 1974, and has served as president on and off for over 27 of those years. Mr. May is very much involved in wheelchair sports. One accomplishment of which Jimmy is very proud is that he is the only veteran who has attended the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games for 35 out of the 36 years of the existence of the Games. He also serves as coach of the Richmond Rimriders wheelchair basketball team. Mr. May bowls on the Sitting Ducks Plus bowling league .Mr. May lives in Midlothian, VA with his wife of 48 years, Sue. Mr. May enjoys spending time in Urbanna camping, fishing with wife Sue. Sue is a stylist and owner of Sue's Hair Care for Seniors. He has two sons, Troy and Kevin, and two grandchildren, Savannah and Zachary. Troy is a deputy for the Goochland County Virginia Sheriff’s Department and Kevin works for Hunter Construction. Mr. May is a life member of the local chapters PVA, DAV, VFW and Sportable. He is currently serving on the Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Board of Directors as Vice President, he is the Chapter’s Sports and Recreation Director and Special Development Committee. He enjoy volunteering his time and services in helping all Veterans.
Mr. May recently joined the board of the American Wheelchair Bowling Association as a Director and would very much like your vote to continue serving the Paralyzed Veterans of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of PVA.
Robert G. Satterwhite was born in Oxford, North Carolina on 4 December 1956. He graduated from J. F. Webb High School in 1975.
Robert joined the Paralyzed Veterans of America in April 2007. He serves as the President of Paralyzed Veterans of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter.
Robert retired from the Army after 21 years of service. He is a T2 paraplegic as a result of an abdominal aneurysm.
Robert entered the Army July 1975 and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. His tours include Fort Hood, TX (3 tours), Korea, Fort Jackson, SC (Drill Sergeant), Fort Stewart, Ga, Germany, Operation Desert Storm, and Fort Knox, Ky.
His assignments consist of 13B Field Artillery Cannon Crewman, Section Chief, Drill Sergeant, PLDC Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operation Sergeant, First Sergeant and Readiness Group Knox, adviser to the National Guard for the state of KY, IN and GA.
Robert’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Drill Sergeant Badge and the Distinguished Order of Saint Barbara Award.
Robert has three sons, Leo-Phoenix, AZ., Robert D.-Japan and Anthony-Keller, TX. Robert resides in Stem, N. C.
Terence "Smitty" Smith
Smitty was born in Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from 71st High School in 1978. Smitty served 13 years in the Army before his accident. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a Jump Master. His awards and decorations include: the Army Accommodation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Service Medal, the Army Expedition Medal and the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon.
Smitty, a C 6/7 as a result of an auto accident, has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Paralyzed Veterans of America since August 1990. Smitty has served on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter the last six years; two years as Treasurer, and before he was Vice President for two years. Smitty also volunteers at the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). At the Fayetteville VAMC, Smitty coordinates activities and events between the Spinal Cord/Disease Injury (SCI/D) Support Group and the Mid-Atlantic PVA. He also assists with the daily administrative duties for the SCI/D Support Group.
An avid athlete, Smitty is a member of the Raleigh Sidewinders Quad Rugby Team. He has played wheelchair basketball for years and is a distance bike rider. He served as president of the Carolina Wheelchair Conference from 2003 until 2006.
In addition to being a member of the Fayetteville VAMC SCI/D Support Group, Smitty is a member of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association, and the Fayetteville Spinal Cord Injury Support Group. Smitty and his wife, Ann Marie, reside in Fayetteville, NC.
Randall “Randy” Stone
Sergeant First Class Randolph Stone enlisted into the US Army in 1983. During his time in the military, he served in Operation Desert Storm as a Tank Mechanic and after changing his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), went on to serve several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat medic. SFC Stone retired in 2008 after incurring a T5/6 spinal cord injury from an IED while serving in Iraq.
SFC Stone has been honored with several awards including 2 Bronze Star’s, 2 Meritorious Service Medals and the Purple Heart medal.
SFC Stone is a native of Lynchburg Virginia, but now resides in Midlothian, Va. He attended Liberty University majoring in Counseling with an emphasis on Military Resiliency.
SFC Stone understands first-hand how one’s life can change after a traumatic event and he believes that it is his mission to encourage others who have experienced life altering events that they can overcome those events and live a fulfilling life.
SFC Stone philosophy is, although you may be limited on some of the things you can do, but do not let that stop you from doing the things you can do.
SFC Stone is married and has six children ranging in age from 25 to 2 years old. Stone continues to stay very active. He participates in the adaptive sports program through the VAMC and the many sporting events Sportable offers. He is a born again Christian and loves family gatherings and community outings. He looks forward to the opportunity of serving others and advocating for change.
Kathy Tilbury grew up is Wauseon Ohio, entered the US Navy in 1984; straight out of high school. She went to boot camp in Orlando, Florida, AME A School was in Moffett Field, Tennessee, and her first duty station was VA-42 in NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Her second duty station was VP-4 in Barbers Point, Hawaii. From there she deployed to Adak, Alaska and Diego Garcia. Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm began and ended during the time she was there. She was detached to Messiah, Oman and her MS symptoms began there.
She was medically retired in 1992. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 1999. She worked for American National Insurance Company in Galveston, Texas as a Business Analyst from 2000 to 2004. She then moved to Richmond, Virginia and became a Program Analyst at the Defense Supply Center Richmond where she still works full time today.
She obtained her Master’s Degree in Management in 2015. She currently serves on the board for Sailing 4 All and the VP-4 Alumni Committee. She is also the service officer for VFW Post 2239. She is very active in adaptive sports and stays very busy.
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