Chief Petty Officer Independent Hospital Medical Corpsman Leonardo Raya, US Navy, served as a Medic attached to the US Marine Corps for 24 years and retired in 2005.
Leo received medical training at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in VA and NMRTC Navy Medicine Readiness & Training Command at Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. He served three tours of duty in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Battalion Aid Stations as Head Corpsman. Leo received three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and a Presidential Commendation from G.W. Bush.
Leo retired from the Navy in 2005 after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during his physical. He began administering medication at a Methadone Clinic to people addicted to opioids and other drugs for five years while learning to build and troubleshoot computers. By 2013, he was still battling PTSD, his diabetes was out of control, and was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2019. Thankfully he did not require dialysis until September 2021, and he now goes three times a week, which often leaves him feeling sick and drained.
Leo enjoys life with his wife, Mercedes in CA, but misses his active lifestyle of golfing and bowling, and he would LOVE to travel to visit the eight out of 10 living siblings he has in Brownsville, Texas!
He has enlisted the help of a Veteran's organization called DOVE Transplant which is helping in his outreach to find his life-saving kidney donor. DOVE will assist all prospective donors throughout the process and make sure they do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to the evaluation or surgery.
A healthy person can live a normal life with one kidney and save this Veteran's life! Please click on the link below if you would like to learn more OR call 551-449-8319.