I am a retired U.S. Army Aviator, having served 25 years, with combat tours in Viet Nam and Desert Storm.
I am currently the Commander, and have been for eight years, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 730 in Henderson, Nevada. The chapter is comprised of over 100 Combat Wounder Veterans.
Until last month I was the Chairman of the Nevada Veterans Assistant League (NVAL) the non-profit arm of the Veterans Home in Boulder City. I gave up those duties because I accepted a nomination from the Governor to be part of the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery Advisory Committee.
I am the newly elected Chair of the Henderson Veterans Forum hosted by Mayor Michelle Romero. The forum was designed to enhance awareness among veterans about city events and activities that are relevant to them. In addition, encourage veterans’ collaboration/partnership in city events.
I also oversee the Henderson Veterans Service Office (Veterans helping Veterans). The two offices are comprised of six advocates who are Certified by the Nevada Department of Veteran Services as Advocated. They help Veterans and family members counseling and assistance in process necessary paperwork to the Veterans Administration.
I hold an Associated Degree in State University, Alabama. After retirement Aviation Operations Management and a BS Degree from Troy State University, Alabama. My education, allowed me to secure employment as a medical administrator for over 20 years, overseeing Primary Care, Pediatrics, OB/Gyn, and a High-Risk Pregnancy Center.
My awards include the: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal 3rd OLC, Air Medal 27th Award, Air Medal With “V” (Valor), Army Commendation Medal 2nd OLC, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Ribbon with 3 Campaign Service Stars, Vietnamese Air Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Saudi Arabia, Master Aviator Badge.