Larry Dandridge is an American Legion member in Charleston, SC. He is a 100% disabled Vietnam era wounded warrior, retired Army LTC and aviator and the founder, chief operating manager, editor, and senior writer with Tigers, Vikings, and Vipers Publishing, LLC. He is an accomplished motivational speaker and writer. His leadership, aerospace, business, and logistics articles have been published in over 24 magazines, journals, and newspapers and two books in the US, Germany, and Britain. His latest book Blades of Thunder will be published in May 2015.
He is an active volunteer, patient advisor, and Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) instructor and member of the strategic planning team, the customer service council, and the PFCC Committee with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC. He is a VA, State of SC, and American Legion trained Veterans Service Officer and is training to be a US Army Volunteer CRSC Ambassador.
He has helped raise over 2 million dollars to support the building of Fisher House Charleston and raised over $70,000.00 to support other needs of wounded, ill, injured, and needy troops and veterans and their families in the low country area of SC. He was instrumental in obtaining the funding and support of a new parking garage for the RHJ VA Medical Center and his lean six sigma recommendations have helped to enhance the operations and customer service at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and its clinics.
His latest volunteer effort was writing a new book (2015 profits to Fisher House Charleston) , BLADES OF THUNDER (Book I) 2015 p4rofits a history and action thriller on the bravest of the brave --- our Army helicopter pilots, door gunners, and crew chiefs in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969!!
The paperback book is available on AMAZON under the title "BLADES OF THUNDER" ISBN 978-0-578-15637-8 and the eBook is available through Kindle under the title "BLADES OF THUNDR" and eISBN 978-1-4951-3906-2. You can also order a signed and endorsed copy by emailing LDandridge@earthlink.net.
A member of the “West Point Logistics Director’s Hall of Fame (inducted in 2002)”, his awards include the 2006, 2007, 2008 AUSA Exceptional Service Awards”, “2009 AUSA 3rd Region Brenda M. Dougherty Award”, the “2009 AUSA Chapter President’s Award”, “2009 Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center Volunteer and Sponsor of the Year Award”, “2010 MOAA Charleston SC Chapter Robert J. Lahm Award”, 2011 AUSA 3rd Region Significant Achievement Award”, the 2013 AUSA 3rd Region’s President’s Award, the “VA Special 2012 Volunteer Award”, and the “Runner Up for the 2012 VA Spirit Award”. He has also received three “Silver Quill Awards” for writing.
Larry's selfless volunteer work brings great credit on the American Legion and veterans everywhere.