I have been married to my wife Regine for 35 years and we have three grown children. We have lived in Las Vegas for just over four years. I grew up in North Alabama.
I have been a lifetime member of PVA since my injury in 1988. Prior to becoming a member of the Nevada Chapter, I was a member of the Mid-South PVA located in Memphis, TN. I served in the Army from 1977 until my permanent medical retirement in 1990.
While serving in the Army, I attained the rank of Staff Sergeant 11B30H . As an infantryman, I served as a rifleman, M60 gunner, team leader and squad leader. I also served as a Basic Training Instructor at Ft. Bliss, TX.
My last assignment was as Squad Leader with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. While there we were deployed to Australia where I suffered a T-11 complete spinal cord injury while on maneuvers. I was evacuated back to Hawaii while my medical retirement paperwork was started. I started my transition to the Spinal Cord Injury Center in Memphis, TN
Post military career, I moved back to Huntsville, AL where my wife owned a small business for many years. I served on the local youth baseball board that served almost 1,000 children. I also volunteered with the Tennessee Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America as the Advancement Chairman. I was also selected by my adult peers to be inducted in the BSA Order of the Arrow.