Ray Grodecki is a native of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He entered the U.S. Army in 1967 and, after extensive training, he began a tour of duty in Vietnam just in time for the Tet Offensive in 1968. In addition to his duties as a Maintenance Team Leader, he flew night combat missions over the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, operating as crew chief and door gunner. He was honorably discharged in 1969 after an extended combat tour in Vietnam. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Air Medals, and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. His unit received the U.S. Army Unit Citation for outstanding performance.
In 1971, Mr. Grodecki moved to Washington, DC, and partnered with another veteran to establish the Vietnam Veteran Legislative Service (VVLS) on Capitol Hill. Their primary goal was to remove many of the obstacles encountrered by veterans trying to access the Veterans Administration programs after returning home from combat duty. They were proudest of establishing Vet Centers within VA hospitals and clinics to make the veterans' tasks easier.
In 1982, Mr. Grodecki founded the Chesapeake Builders Association and served as its President for the first three years. He also served on the Legislative Committee of the Maryland Home Builders Association and served for five years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders, a 200,000-member organization headquartered in Washington, DC. During that same period, he served as the Homeless Veterans Director with the "Speakers Conference on the Concerns of Vietnam Veterans" funded by the Joiner Center and located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. In his roles, he testified before committees in the U.S. Congress and the Maryland State Legislature on both Housing and Veteran-related issues.
Mr. Grodecki has belonged to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. In addition, he owned several small businesses related to renovating houses on Capitol Hill, restaurant construction management, kitchen design and construction, and single and multi-family housing. In addition, he constructed serveral strip plazas, built the water treatment facility for the town of Vienna, MD, renovated the waste water treament facility for the town of Sharptown, MD, and renovated the waste water treament facility at Mardella High School in Mardella Springs, MD.
Mr. Grodecki is now retired and quite active doing volunteer work for many organizations, as well as in local, state, and national political campaigns. He is a Life Member of ABATE of Maryland, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and the Vietnam Vets Motrocycle Club. He has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Products Officer, Event Coordinator, and Legislative Director within these organizations. He is a member of the Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Commiittee, the American Center for Law and Justice, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Judicial Watch, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Fidelis, Freedom Alliance, Tea Party Patriots, Boys Town, the USO, and the Maryland Sheriffs' Association. In addition, he is a Life Member of the 134th AHC [Demons and Devils] Association and Associate Life Member of E 20 LRP-C 75th Ranger Association and the 75th Ranger Regimental Association.