After almost 10 years of Active Duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, I began work at a local chemical plant, remaining there until injuring my back in a fall in March 2001. As a result of that, I accepted disability retirement in June 2005.
Being uncertain what I wanted to do with my life I stumbled across the website of this new organization called the Patriot Guard Riders in early December and, after reading their Mission Statement and the services they offered I immediately joined. As we were still in the "infancy" stage of our growth, I was made a Ride Captain shortly after joining. When the Assistant State Captain position was created by National I was offered the position, which I readily accepted. In early 2007 our State Captain stepped down and I assumed that title.
Since joining the PGR I must say I believe I finally found my "calling" in life, what God had intended for me to do. Being able to witness, first-hand, the comfort our presence can bring to a grieving family is something I will never outgrow seeing. Being on the other side of our flag line seeing and hearing the rumble as members came to my own Father's funeral in 2014 is something I and my family shall never, ever forget.
Although there have been a few bumps along the way, being the State Captain is a position that I take great pride in doing and, although my medical issues have dictated that I'm not able to attend missions the way I used to, this is a position I will gladly continue to hold for as long as our members want me here.