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Lawrence V. Rivera is born in New York City to a family with a long history in military service and volunteer lifestyles. He begins his volunteer and advocacy avocation in support of military service personnel, Veterans and their family at the age of eight while participating with the American Red Cross, various veteran fraternal organizations, commun...ity and faith based organizations. From elementary school through college he is a vocal activist in support of veterans benefits and services and military family support. He also develops a volunteer resume that includes activism in support of the rights and social services for the disabled, youth, seniors, women and education.
Larry is a US Army veteran having served as an enlisted military police soldier, a logistics Non-Commissioned Officer and as a commissioned officer with service as an Infantry company commander and battalion adjutant. He has served in the Active Army, the US Army Reserves and the US Army National Guard. The common thread throughout his military and civilian life has been his interest in conducting soldier, family and community support initiatives.
This year Larry is observing 50 years of volunteer service and activism in support of veterans, active duty personnel, and their families. Over his life time he has founded or been active in many community based initiatives in support of law enforcement, the disabled, the aging, education and suicide prevention.
Since 2007 he has served as a Soldier/Family Advocate with the US Army Wounded Warrior Program, the official US Army initiative that supports US Army Wounded, Ill and injured soldiers and veterans. He is embedded with the Care Coalition of the US Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, where he serves as a liaison to advocates of other military services.
He is active with various Florida, national and international organizations in support of US military family and veterans wherever they are serving or residing. To multiple non-profit organizations he provides pro bono assistance and subject matter expertise in support of Veterans and their families from all eras. In addition to working with Post 9-1-1, Global War on Terror, solders and veterans, on a volunteer basis Larry also advocates for veterans and surviving families of World War II, The Korean Conflict, Viet Nam and the Gulf War. In September 1990 he organized the first Military Family Support in Long Island, NY which served as the catalyst to many military and veteran support initiatives. From 1900 to 2009 Larry continued to advocate for veterans, military and law enforcement families while actively involved in Scouting, youth sports and recognized as the 2007 Disaster Relief and Readiness Volunteer of the Year with the Greater New York American Red Cross.
In 2009, Larry relocated with his wife to the Tampa Bay area. Unlike many who relocate seeking a quiet and retired life, Larry has been active with the Services to The Armed Forces Committee of the Tampa Chapter of the American Red Cross and individually involved in the advocacy of over 200 soldiers and veterans from the State of Florida and another 300 across the U.S., it territories and various countries around the globe. Larry is a Life member of both the Disabled American Veterans and the National Infantry Association. He is also a member of the Tampa Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
Larry has been credited with successful interventions of number of potential soldier/veteran suicides and continues to work in suicide prevention. In recognition of his 50 plus years of volunteer service he has been nominated for recognition by veterans and military families from Florida and across the U.S. and it territories.
Larry resides in Tampa with his wife Denise, of 31 years. They are the proud parents of 5 children who also live volunteer lifestyles.