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International Chrysalis Art and Music Education (INCAMEI)

Unsung Heroes

Rayford Dennis

Rayford Dennis was born in Warner Robbins a small country town in middle Georgia.

Rayford was raise in a large family having 10 uncles and 8 aunts in addition to 2 sisters and one brother in his immediate family. While Rayford’s father served 20 years in the Army, he and his family lived on various

Military bases across the United States.

At the young age of 17, Rayford graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. This provided him the opportunity to continue traveling and exploring countries all over the world.

During Petty Officer Dennis’s distinguished service, he was honored on several occasions. He was one of a select few medics to cover the very first space shuttle launch. Petty Officer Dennis was also the recipient of a meritorious advancement continuous outstanding performance.

After separating from the Navy, Rayford continued to serve our country as a Department of Defense employee at Yokosuka Japan. Upon returning to the United States, Rayford earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Work. Mr. Dennis continues to serve as a member of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center Homeless Department. Over the past 5 years he has been instrumental in helping countless veterans get off the streets and into safe, stable housing. He is an ardent advocate for veterans and works alongside them to encourage their recovery process.

Rayford serves on the SPC Human Service Advisory Board, he is a regular volunteer, with the Pinellas foster care system and he can often be found working with various Pinellas County non-profit organizations such as Boley Center and Homeless Emergency Project. He has been, and continues to be, instrumental in efforts to end homelessness in Pinellas County.