Dr. Soltes is truly an inspiration to us all. This tribute will bring about a lasting memory.
Dedication to Dr. Soltes
Dr. Charles R. Soltes, Jr., “Dr. Rob” was a dedicated Army officer, and an outstanding clinician, educator, and military optometrist.
Dr. Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., served in the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, assisting the Iraqi people by making a variety of health care services accessible. On October 13, 2004, Dr. Rob was returning from a meeting with Iraqi health officials when a vehicle armed with an explosive device collided into his Humvee. As a result of this, Dr. Rob passed away at the age of 36.
In May, 2010, a bill (H.R. 4360), which designates the blind rehabilitation facility in Long Beach, California to be named after Major Charles Robert Soltes, Jr., O.D., Department of Verterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center, was introduced into the U.S. House by Rep. John Cambell, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, and Rep. Bob Filner.
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