Doc Charles Byers
National Commander

Served in the US Army from 1966 to 1972.July 1968 to June 1969 served with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta as a Combat Medic. Wounded June 1, 1968 and spent 6 months in Walter Reed Hospital recovering. Stayed in the Army and became a nurse in Walter Reed Hospital. Discharged 1972.

​Awards: Purple Heart and Silver Star.

New Jersey Service:

  • Charter Member of Chapter 20, Rochester NY for the VVA
  • Past President of South Jersey Vietnam Veterans Association,
  • Senior Vice for the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the State of NJ
  • County Veterans Service Officer for New Jersey
  • Served on the Gov's Veterans Task Force for NJ
  • Currently volunteering for 6 Years as the Chief Veterans Service officer

Arizona Service:
  • Help build a strong Volunteer VSO Program for AZ
  • Currently on the Veterans Benefits Committee for the National VVA
  • 2nd Vice President Chapter 1011 East Valley VVA
  • Served as a Congressional Liaison for Military and Veterans Affairs
  • For Congresswoman Lesko AZ08
  • Inducted to Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame 2018
  • Serving as Chair for Veterans Healthcare -Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Past State Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Arizona
  • Currently Serving as the National Legislative Director, Military Order of the Purple Heart , USA

​Doc Timothy L. West
National Executive Secretary

​I joined the US Navy out of High School from my hometown of Houston, Texas and I served in the US Navy from 1987 to 1999. I attended both Navy Boot Camp and Hospital Corps School in San Diego, California and I went on to complete additional Navy enlisted classifications to become an Aerospace Medical Technician (8406), Field Medical Service Technician (8404) and Naval Instructor (9502).

I have been presented with many decorations including two Navy Achievement Medals, the Southeast Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, the NATO Medal (service in Bosnia and Herzegovina), just to mention a few. I was deployed to Iwakuni, Japan with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 (VMAQ-3) in 1992. I also deployed to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf onboard the U.S.S. "America" (CV66) where our ship and crew participated in Operations Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Joint Endeavor and Operation Southern Watch. I was honorably discharged from the Navy in May of 1999.

After leaving the Navy I went on to obtain my master's degree in business administration. I worked for three years at the Houston Veterans Affairs Regional Office as a Veterans Service Representative (VSR) where I assisted other military veterans with the development and processing of their disability compensation claims. I currently work at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where I have worked for the past nine years as an Operations Manager.

I am married with 4 adult kids and three grandkids and I live in Manvel Texas. I enjoy saltwater fishing, numismatics, karaoke, watching sports on the weekends, outdoor cooking on the BBQ grill and occasionally helping my wife in her garden.

Doc Lloyd Beemer
National Chief of Staff and ​National Executive Treasurer

After graduating from high school in 1965, I worked as a hospital orderly at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Shortly after my 18th birthday I moved to Ventura, California and took a job with the Ventura County Hospital as an orderly and assistant psychiatric technician. I believe these early work experiences helped me prepare for my time in the military.

After about a year, I returned to Portland, Oregon and soon after that I was inducted into the U.S. Army and went to Ft. Lewis, in Washington for basic training and following basic, went to Ft. Sam Houston in Texas for advanced individual training (AIT), to become a medic. Following AIT and a short visit home, I was sent to Vietnam as a combat medic.

​I spent my tour, in 1968, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a combat medic with the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion and 755th Assault Helicopter Company in Pleiku and Ban Me Thuot, 8th Field Hospital. After my tour of duty in Vietnam, I returned to Ft. Sam for the rest of my military career and honorably discharged as a Specialist 5 (E-5). I received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal with the "V" device for valor while as a combat medic in Vietnam.

In my civilian world, I graduated from college with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and then I became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I developed a CPA practice and then after 20 years retired. After a couple of years of retirement, I went to work for Providence Health and Services, a major hospital system on the West coast, ultimately, before my second and final retirement, 16 years later, as the hospitals Senior Internal Auditor and the Director for Audit and Compliance for the states of Washington and Montana.

During my career years, I was president of many civic organizations including Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Portland Commercial Club, and Portland Toastmasters, to mention a few. I have been active in the National Association of Medics and Corpsmen (NAMC) for more than 12 years, as Quartermaster, Executive Treasurer, Membership Director and I the Chief of Staff. In my retirement, my wife and I have moved from Oregon to Arizona. I enjoy travel, hiking, reading, and spending time with my family.

Doc Randy Barker
National Senior Vice Commander

​While growing up, I was influenced by my father and two older brothers that were US Navy military, and consequently when I graduated from high school in 1970, I joined the Navy and went directly to bootcamp, at Recruit Training Center (RTC), San Diego, California. Upon graduation from bootcamp, I immediately was assigned to the VA 115, in Washington State, aboard the USS Midway and from 1971 to 1972, serving off the coast of South Vietnam. After one year on the USS Midway, I went to Hospital Corpsman school in San Diego. Following that I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, at the Marine hospital, the National Regional Medical Center (NRMC) ER Labor and Delivery Trauma Unit. Additionally I served in the US Presidential Unit until 1975. While at the NRMC Trauma Unit. I delivered newborn babies, worked the neonatal taking care of babies, and Emergency-ICU. After five years as a Navy Corpsman, I retired as HM-3 Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class.

After the Navy I went to Solano Community College nursing school, however I had to quit to get a job. I took a job with the State of California under Department of Transportation where, I worked for 44 years. During this time, I worked tunnels and tubes. Following this, I became a qualified Hazmat manager. After this, I went into radio communications installing and designing telecommunications managing a $7 million budget. Then 2017, I retired. In my retirement I enjoy cooking, RV camping and doing Christian activities with my church. I am excited to be a part of this National Association of Military Medics and Corpsmen, as I want to help assure that the next generations of military medical specialty veterans have somewhere to go that may provide a positive commaradre with and for each other, as I was looking for such an organization when I left the Navy. I'm honored to serve and to be the National Senior Vice Commander.

​Doc Guy C. Lamunyon
National Veterans' Service Commander

Guy C. Lamunyon served as a combat medic in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne, 1/501 Infantry (Geronimo's Medicine Men) during 1971. Prior to this assignment he served at Ireland Army Hospital, Fort Knox in Dispensary #7.

He was commissioned in as an Army Nurse in 1991 and served with the California Army National Guard's 143rd Evacuation Hospital, US Army Reserve's 176 Med. Group and in the California Army National in the Los Alamitos Physical Examination Station as Clinical Nurse then Psych Mental Health Nurse. He was activated during the LA Riots, the LA Earthquake and often for medical processing of California Guardsmen being deployed for the War on Terror. He also went to Panama on a humanitarian mission (Nuevos Horizantes). LTC Lamunyon served as Commanding Officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 176th Medical Group in Garden Grove, California including deployment for two major multiservice exercises. He also served as Operations Officer for the Los Alamitos Physical Examination Station and Personnel Officer (S1) for the California Medical Detachment.

In 2003, at the request of LTC Harry Glenn, LTC Lamunyon provided predeployment combat stress consultation prior to the Geronimo (1/501st) deployment to Afghanastan. In 2004 MAJ Lamunyon served on active duty as a case manager for the Community Based Healthcare Organization (CBHCO - later known as Warrior Transition) providing medical case management services for California Guardsmen and Reservists returning from the War On Terror. LTC Lamunyon consulted on the debriefing of California Guard personnel deployed for Hurricane Relief (Katrina) and served as a debriefer for those personnel. He has also served as Executive Office and Deputy Commander for Administration for the statewide Medical Detachment. His final assignment was as the Office In Charge, Examination Station, Los Alamitos, CA. LTC Lamunyon retired from military service in June, 2010.

His retirement awards included Meritorious Service Medal and Order of Military Medical Merit. He was awarded Combat Medical Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Air Medal during his service in Vietnam and many other awards during his Reserve and National Guard service. Following VA retirement he has served as Veterans Services Coordinator for the Sedona ELKS Lodge and teaches Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Research at the Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College in addition to volunteer services manning a COVID hotline and giving COVID vaccinations to seniors and shut ins in and around Sedona, Arizona.

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Doc Nicole Johnson
National Women's Service Commander

Originally from Chicago, currently living in Whidbey, WA. Serves in the United States Navy from January 2003 until September 2011. I was an FMF Corpsman, serving in Fleet Hospital Great Lakes, Balboa Naval Hospital, MACG-48 4th FSGG, and Truck Company (-) 4th Marine Division while a reservist with the 4th Medical Battalion as active duty. Currently, I am a physical therapist assistant and finishing up my degree in Health Science and looking forward to going to medical school to become a clinical psychologist. Also I am a mother with three school age children.

Herman Jones, DM
National Chaplain

I have a masters degree in theology and a bachelors degree in biblical studies, and business. I was an ordained pastor in a church in California for eight years. Due to a calling to become a police officer, I left the ministry to join the Inglewood, California police department. I served in this department for 26 years and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. In 2006 I took a leave of absence for a year to go to Iraq on a mission for the State Department to train nationals for the Iraqi National Police Department as part of the Bush administration's attempt to create a democracy in Iraq. There were hundreds of certified police officers, like me, throughout America, that responded to this call for service. I was stationed in the AL Anbar Province (the Wild West) of Iraq. I served there for a year, and I was embedded with U.S. Marines and Special Forces to conduct training classes. This duty also included recruiting and screening applicants. The Marines and Special Forces housed us and transported us to different training sites. We never got ambushed, like some other units of our mission, however, the vehicles I rode in were hit by IED's twice during my time there. Luckily, I walked away both times without injury while others were hurt. I also survived a couple of mortar attacks without injury! It was Wild West out there! I have always had a healthy respect for our veteran's. My dad served in World War II, and he was a Master Sergeant in the US Army. My respect for our veteran's only deepened with my experience in Iraq, working for the State Department. My wife and I moved from California to Arizona to retire. We enjoy our time traveling and spending our time with the church and the Elks Lodge in Coolidge, Arizona. I am the Elks Lodge Chaplain. We also enjoy spending time with our family and grandchildren. It is an honor to be able to serve as Chaplain on the NAMMC Board of Directors and hopefully contribute and minister to our veterans and their members spiritual needs.

Doc Hugo Gruner
National Region's Commander

I'm Doc Gruner and I served in the Army, both active and reserve components. I served in the Army as a Combat Medic and eventually a Special Forces Aidman (18D). I served with various Medical units such as the 546th M.A.S.H and the 2291st Army Hospital. I was later assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiments Ranger Training School, now RASP, as an Emergency Medicine Instructor. Additionally, we put the first permanent medical clinic staffed by Ranger Medics at Ft Benning, Ga. and is now part of the "Special Troops Battalion" at the 75th. I spent most of my enlistment deploying to places such as Lebanon and Israel as well as other exotic places around the world within the Special Ops community until I returned to the old 546th again to ETS home.

After my military service I drifted some working odd jobs until I was hired to a large local hospital. From that point, I went to Nursing school in California and became an LVN, Licensed Vocational Nurse in Calif. and Nevada. I have worked in the medical profession almost all my adult life as an EMT-Advanced, (Intermediate), Emergency Room Tech. and Institutional Nurse with the VA Hospitals and the Calif. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Emergency Clinic until my retirement in 2016.

In retirement, I spend my time with the VVA, AVVA, and the Coalition of Homeless Veterans. I have many hobbies such as military patch collecting, military history and wargaming with the Red Star, Blue Star Wargame Society. My greatest joy now is my 2, soon to be 3, grandbabies! They bring me much joy.

Doc A. J. Sartin
National Public Relations Commander

During 1968 & 69 I served in the Army in the Central Highlands of Vietnam at Pleiku, as a Combat Medic with the 119th Assault Helicopter Company, 94th Medical Detachment, at Camp Holloway. I had the privilege of working with several of the Medics of the National Association of Military Medics & Corpsmen while at Camp Holloway.

Now for Civilian life, I am Retired from 48 years in Broadcasting. I was a Rock-N-Roll Radio DJ for 30 years, and spent the remainder of the 48 years in Television. I had the privilege of owning a WKGN, The Famous 1340 radio station here in Knoxville and and also was the Morning DJ.
I also worked from 2000 to 2014 as Chief Satellite Engineer for PGA TOUR at the World Golf Village at PGA TOUR Productions, in St. Augustine, Florida, transmitting PGA Golf to 143 Countries, World-Wide. I retired from Broadcasting in 2014. While living on the barrier island East of St. Augustine, Florida, on Vilano Beach, Hurricane Matthew destroyed my house in 2016. My wife and I moved back to hometown and 970 ft ABOVE Sea Level.

I have been Squadron Commander for 3 Civil Air Patrol Squadrons, created and was Commander of a VFW Post, Commander of a Disabled American Veterans Chapter, Senior Vice Commander of a VVA Chapter, and presently Quartermaster and Public Relations Officer of the VFW Post, in Knoxville, TN.

I have been a fixed wing aircraft pilot and owned a Cessna 150. I proudly rode a Harley Davidson Road King for many years, but I am most proud, that I married my wife, Gloria. Oh yes, all of our children have had 4-legs.

( you know how to be a Radio DJ? You go to a Broadcast School. The first day you are there, they fill your mouth full of marbles. Every day you are there, they take out one of the marbles. Finally, when have lost all your marbles, you are a Radio Disc Jockey. (You know, this might fit several occupations.)