Graduated from James Madison University in 1984 with Bachelors of Arts. Majored in Spanish, and minored in Military Science, and Biology. After my ROTC records were lost I was denied being commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. I enlisted in the Army December 1990. My Basic Training was a Fort Dix, New Jersey. I worked as a 42(C) Orthotic Specialist and later reclassified as a (91V3H) Respiratory Therapist, Instructor Phase II, Pulmonary Function Technician, and Polysomnography Technician.
My duty stations were Fitzsimmons Hospital, Aurora, Colorado, Fort Sam Houston, Brook Army Medical Center, 121st General Hospital, Seoul Korea, and Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
My eyesight loss is the result of being treated for Tuberculosis while on active duty. My condition is Occult Toxic Optic Nerve and Retina Atrophy as a result of the medication/treatment. Post 911 I was no longer able to qualify with the M-16 rifle and was forced to medically retire. I served 13 ½ years on active duty.
I attended Webster University and California College of Health Science post-graduate. I have a Masters degree in Health Service Management with a concentration is Health Promotion Wellness. I am divorced. I have one son, he is now 18 years old. I am an identical twin.