Dwight Radcliff was someone who truly made a difference in the lives of many homeless veterans. Dwight was an a tireless worker for U.S. Vets, Inc. which helps thousands of veterans and their families find jobs, homes and counseling. US Vets recently broke ground on a $35 million affordable housing complex for low-income vets in Los Angeles. Radcliff joined the group in 1997 after his own struggle with substance abuse and homelessness. Radcliff played guitar and went on tour with Stevie Wonder in the 1980s. When he died, he played with a vet band called Living Proof. MilitaryConnection.com sends its heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Dwight Radcliff.
Official Statement regarding the death of Dwight A. Radcliff
Los Angeles, August 2, 2010 – It is with deepest regret that U.S. VETS announces the passing of its President and Chief Executive Officer, Dwight Radcliff, 55, who died suddenly on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Marina del Rey Hospital near his home.
“There are truly no words that I can use to describe Dwight Radcliff. He was the most caring, sensitive, practical man I have ever met,” said Keith Ellis, U.S.VETS Chairman of the Board. “I had the honor to serve as his mentor while he was serving as mine; he has taught me what giving back really means. The U.S.VETS Board of Directors and staff are committed to serving veterans 365 days of the year, although Dwight will not be here to lead us, we will move forward in his name and continue his legacy.”
Dwight Radcliff, a Veteran, died fighting for the rights of all veterans. He will be sorely missed and will never be forgotten by all those veterans and family members whose lives have been touched by his dedication. Dwight often referred to veterans as heroes. He will forever be remembered as a heroes’ hero
Dwight Radcliff served in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1974. Following a successful career at the Veterans Administration, he joined U.S. VETS in 1997 after serving as the original VA Social Work Associate for the inaugural U.S. VETS site in Inglewood, California. In 1997 he developed and implemented the signature program “Veterans In Progress,” which has now been implemented at all U.S. VETS locations across the nation. He received numerous awards for his service to veterans, including the VA Special Contribution Award, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans “Unsung Hero Award, U. S. VETS’, “Employee of the Year, 2000”, and commendations from Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other civic leaders.
Based on his leadership, his distinguished service, and his commitment to veterans, Dwight was appointed by the U.S. VETS Board of Directors as President and CEO in December 2008. As CEO, Dwight Radcliff led the U.S.VETS team through one of its most difficult — and most successful – periods. He was instrumental in developing the staff and programs that serve thousands of veterans in ten facilities across the United States. Today, U.S. VETS is the largest non-profit provider of veteran housing programs in the country, and is a recognized leader in providing housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support to veterans and their families.
The Board of Directors, the Staff, and the veterans of U.S. VETS extend our heartfelt sympathy to Dwight’s family, who will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.
Funeral services are pending at this time.