I Am the American Legion

“I love the Legion because it gives back to this country. It’s an organization of veterans who signed on a dotted line, not knowing what they were facing, but cared so much that they came back and continue to give. There is more to give. And we all want to be a part of that.“

Branch of Service: Coast Guard

YEARS: 1989-2007

MOS: Storekeeper

Rank: Senior chief (E-8)


  • Coast Guard Commendation Medal
  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of fifth and “O” Device
  • Coast Guard Commandant letter of commendation
  • Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation with Hurricane Device
  • Humanitarian Service Medal with Bronze Star
  • 25 others

American Legion Post:
Post 49, Albuquerque, N.M.

Number Of Years In The Legion: 22


  • New Mexico Boys State participant (1988)
  • New Mexico Boys State staff (1991-2006)
  • New Mexico Boys State director (2006-present)
  • New Mexico Boys State board of directors (2005-present)
  • Boys Nation staff (2007-present)