Please join us for our annual Veterans Day Program on Tuesday, November 10 at 11am.  Guests include Ft. Lee Colonial Brass Quintet and Ft. Lee Color Guard.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor, University of Richmond. 


Bruce Heilman became Chancellor at the University of Richmond October 1, 1988 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for approximately 17 years. Prior to beginning his long association with the University of Richmond in 1971, he served as President to Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1966 to 1971.


A U.S. Marine during the World War II Pacific Campaign, Heilman later received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He was educated at Campbellsville Junior College in Kentucky (now Campbellsville University), University of Omaha, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, and George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.  His master’s and doctoral degrees are from Peabody College with majors in the fields of Business and Education Administration.


A passion since his Marine Corps days, you might spot him on his Harley-Davidson Patriot Special Edition Electra-Glide motorcycle riding along the roads of Virginia with several fellow bikers, who might be the Spider Riders of the University of Richmond employees, or the First Riders of the First Baptist Church, and some might be fellow Leathernecks, USMC veterans. Since the spring of 2008, he has travelled to all 50 states on his Harley, a total of more than 54,000 miles. 


Dr. Heilman’s autobiography, “An Interruption That Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years,” was published in September of 2008, and recounts his military service in WWII.






Darlene Edwards

Public Affairs Officer

Richmond VA Medical Center




Veterans Day Program at McGuire VAMC – November 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM