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Date published: 5/9/2014

Roger L. Sullivan

Roger L. Sullivan, 68, of Richmond died at home on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Roger is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Brenda; their devoted twins of whom Roger was so proud, Suzanne and Jonathan; his brother, George Curtis (Elsie) of Spotsylvania County; brothers-in-law Joddie Williams Jr. and Kenny Williams (Sue) of Emporia; three nephews; two nieces; a growing family of great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; as well as his five kitty cats, the loves of his life.

A native Virginian, Roger was a son of the late John L. Sullivan and Janie Emma Curtis. He graduated from Spotsylvania High School in 1964, attended Richmond Professional Institute for one year and then joined the U.S. Army in January 1966.

Roger served proudly with the 5th Special Forces Group MACV-SOG, Command & Control North, in Vietnam, the most decorated unit during the Vietnam War. While operating with Recon Team Krait out of Khe Sanh, Vietnam, he was critically wounded on Feb. 19, 1968, and medevaced to Japan. For his courageous service, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, Presidential Unit Citation, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, First Class, Combat Infantryman Badge and Vietnam Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars. After recovery, Roger was returned to 6th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, where he was discharged in December 1968.

Roger returned to college at VCU, earning his degree in business management (real estate). He was successful in the real estate and insurance business until redirecting his focus and interests and certifying as a national service officer for a veterans service organization. He became a passionate champion for veterans' rights and developed an all-consuming devotion to advocating on their behalf at every level. He retired as NSO six years ago, however he continued to help veterans daily until his illness this year.

A service to honor Roger will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road, Richmond, with visitation with the family from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment with military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial donations be considered in lieu of flowers to C.A.R.E. Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts Inc., Box 2934, Richmond, VA 23228, care-cats.org.

Condolences may be left at woodyfuneralhomeparham .com.