My work with the military is not born out of schools of higher education, nor reading books of other people’s experience, but out of the tragedy of my own experiences. Having been injured in Vietnam, while serving with the US Navy's Brown Water Black Beret as a forward gunner, I was burned by a phosphorous grenade. Nearly half my skin was blown off leaving my face disfigured and my body mutilated.
After 9/11/01, I was called by military installations across America to share my experience, to give a message of hope and survival to young men and women, who would immediately launch into the war on terror. Having done many tours into Iraq and Afghanistan, serving the Department of Defense through Central Command, I have worked under the commanding generals throughout Iraq, including General Raymond Odierno, Lt. General Randy Mixon, Lt. General Lynch and many others. Having the opportunity to assist our young men and women, who are putting their lives on the line for our freedom, is one of the highest callings in my life.