I enlisted in the Army in 1963, I volunteered for and was accepted for Special Forces Training at Ft. Bragg N.C. and at Fort Sam Houston, TX.  Upon completion of training I was briefly assigned to the 6th Special Forces Group before entering mission training for assignment to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. The remainder of my military career was spent as a medic with several different A teams in the II and III Corps areas of Vietnam. 

Following my discharge from the military, I attended the University of Nevada obtaining both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Nursing. My 40-year nursing career included every hospital service from Medical Surgical units to Psychiatric units.  Employers included the Veterans Administration, Indian Health Services, The Nevada Department of Corrections, and the University of Nevada. 

In 1996, I returned tithe University of Nevada and obtained a postgraduate certificate and obtained licensing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. The remainder of my nursing career was spent as an Assistance Professor of Nursing and as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for the State of Nevada Adult Mental Health Services. 

I retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with Agent Orange related cancers and relocated to Prescott area.

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