Since 2011, Richard Cantner has worked as a Certified Business Consultant in the Florida Small Business Development Center in Fort Pierce, Florida. He is also a CBCP, (Certified Business Continuity Professional) and a CGBP, (Certified Global Business Professional). He has helped many companies get started and procure more than $3 million in loans for start-ups and existing businesses. A philanthropic individual, Richard Cantner supports numerous charitable organizations, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). Dick is a Veteran of 11 years in the US Army and did a Tour of Duty in South Viet Nam in 1969-70. He is a life time supporter of “The Wall That Heals” and has spent many hours at “The Wall”. His library contains many books and articles about the 58,403 Men and Women who gave their lives between 1962-1975.
Established in 1980, the VVMF is based in Arlington, Virginia, and is a nonprofit organization that began to support the national memorial dedicated to all those who served in the Vietnam War. The goal of the organization is to preserve the legacy of those who fought and the impact the Vietnam War had on the country. Due to its efforts, the memorial is one of the most visited memorials in the country and draws an annual 5.6 million visitors. The Wall, which was dedicated in 1982, celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2017.
In January 2017, VVWF received its 50,000th photo for the virtual Wall of Faces. Begun in 2009, this project puts a name on the service members whose names adorn the wall. With more than 58,000 lives cut short due to the war, the Wall of Faces preserves the legacies of those whose names are listed. The 50,000th photo was collected of Bobby Joe Quinn of Morristown, Tennessee, and the photo was submitted by the VVA Chapter 1036 in Florida.