WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 20, 1997 - A Vietnam Veteran with over
20 years' experience working with disabled veterans has been named executive
director of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Richard F. (Rick) Schultz
assumed his current position with the nation's only congressionally chartered
Vietnam veterans service organization on May 15, 1997. Before assuming
the position, Schultz had been national legislative director of Disabled
American Veterans (DAV).
Enlisting in the U.S. Army in March 1964, Schultz served with the 25th
Infantry Division as a platoon sergeant in Vietnam. He was severely injured
by a land mine explosion which resulted in the amputation of both of his
legs and one of his fingers. After nearly two years of hospitalization,
he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969. He received the Bronze
Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and several other decorations.
After studying management at Xavier University in Cincinnati from 1972-74,
Schultz became a national service officer for the DAV in 1974. For the
next 11 years in that position, he was heavily involved in many veterans'
programs, including the DAV Vietnam Veterans Outreach program, which was
a model for the highly successful VA Vet Center program.
Schultz came to Washington, D.C. in 1985 to work on the DAV's national
legislative staff and was appointed legislative director in 1994. In that
position he was invloved in the planning, development, and implementation
of DAV's many and varied legislative and administrative advocacy activities.
Mr. Schultz and his wife, Theresa, live in Crofton, Maryland. They have
eight children and eight grandchildren.