Air Force veteran Dwight Radcliff, president of the United States Veterans Initiative, has died of a heart attack. He was 55.
Family spokeswoman Nicole Ward says Radcliff died of heart attack Saturday at Marine del Rey Hospital.
Radcliff was a tireless worker for U.S. Vets, which helps thousands of veterans and their families find jobs, homes and counseling. The group recently broke ground on a $35 million affordable housing complex for low-income vets in Los Angeles.
Radcliff joined the group in 1997 after his own struggle with substance abuse and homelessness.
Radcliff played guitar and went on tour with Stevie Wonder in the 1980s. When he died, he played with a vet band called Living Proof.
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