Happy Birthday to Richard Carmona, US Surgeon General

Happy Birthday to an officer and a gentleman, and a doctor, Richard Carmona.  Carmona was raised in Spanish Harlem, and dropped out of high school. He joined the US Army, where he earned his GED high school equivalency. His Army career included service in the Vietnam War, and he was honored with numerous awards for valor, including two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. The former high school dropout returned to school, and achieved a BA and MD from the University of California and an MA in public health from the University of Arizona.  In 2002, as the nation was recovering from the shock of the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush appointed Carmona as US Surgeon General.

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