Where did you serve and what did you do?
HHC 4/6 Infantry (mech) Medic Platoon, 2nd Brigade, 5th ID, Ft Polk, LA 1986-89 Combat Medical Specialist (91A1). Deployed to Panama Canal Zone in 1989 as part of Task Force Regulars in Operations Nimrod Dancer and Just Cause.
How are you #StillServing?
I am an activist participating in abortion rights, anti-war, racial justice, religious freedom (specifically, protecting the rights of non-Christians to be able to freely worship as we see fit), Veterans Rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. I was part of and was a leader of the movement to get the Wiccan Pentagram, Druid Awen, and Norse Thor’s Hammer (Mjolnir) approved for use as a religious symbol on Veteran’s headstones.
I was the Media/Marketing/IT director and Precinct Committeeman for the Kendall County (IL) Democrats for 6 years, Co-Founder Fox Valley Pride, President of Freedom’s Path Hines VA Resident’s Organization Cook County (IL) Election Judge
Why do you do it?
I have always been driven to serve my community. I did it as a Boy Scout and Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow as a kid and continued that when I joined the Delayed Entry Program US Army during my junior year of high school. I was also never released from that oath I swore when I enlisted and later, when I became an ordained Pagan Minister, I swore am oath to serve my community.