Mark is presently a member of the Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program and regularly assists veterans who have questions regarding filing claims and understanding their benefits. In addition, Mark also serves as an expert in VA claims development issues, often helping other Volunteer Veterans with complex cases. Mark has been with Buddy-to-Buddy since June 2011. He is assigned to the Detroit Armory.
Mark served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from April 1969 through December 1970. He trained stateside at Ft. Knox and Ft. Campbell and spent the majority of his service time overseas – including a temporary assignment with U.S. Army Special Forces in Thailand training Thai Navy Seals.
Mark devoted his life to public service, working for over 37 years in the Washtenaw County Government. His time in government also included serving as the Director of the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs before retiring in 2010.
Mark didn’t stay retired for long, though. He began volunteering with the Buddy-to-Buddy Program, and quickly become one of our most respected and most frequently utilized volunteers. Mark has served as the President of the Michigan Association of County Veteran Counselors. In addition to being a Volunteer Veteran, Mark is also very involved in Veteran Treatment Courts serving as a mentor; works with former POWs, and continues to assist veterans by working closely with the Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mark is devoted to his wife, having been married to Bernice for over 35 years and is the proud father of two sons, Adam and Drew. Mark resides in Dixboro, MI.