I was born in Ithaca, New York, and raised in New Bern, North Carolina. Football, baseball, and soccer were my favorite sports growing up. I love music, and I played the saxophone in my high school band.
I graduated from high school in 1989, and joined the U.S. Army as an MT1 Tanker 2 months later. Ft. Knox, Kentucky is where I completed basic training. I fought in Desert Storm as an M-1 Tanker in the 1st Infantry Division, also known as the Big Red One.
I earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2005. The chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Dr. Sarah V. Kirk inspired me to write a book about the war. I wrote the book in the summer of 2003. I chose social work because I wanted to help other veterans. I love studying the bible, reading, writing, landscaping, and exercising.