Profile Updated: April 21, 2017






Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Huntersville, NC USA
Spouse/Partner: Debra Ann Garland
Occupation: Chairman Emeritus: Purple Heart Homes
Children: Brandon: March 3, 1997
Blake: December 17, 1999
Military Service: US Army Special Forces  

Our family lives in Charlotte, NC after moving from California in 2005. I own a commercial window treatment company called The Blindman Commercial. We have affiliate offices in 13 states.

I served in the US Army form late 1966 to 1972. I attended Cambodian language school in Arlington Virginia for 40 weeks and then underwent Special Forces Training at Ft. Benning and Ft. Bragg. I served at the Pentagon and the NSA for 18 months and then was sent on special assignments, temporary duty, with MAC-V-SOG CCS over the next two years. I finished my tour of duty in Garmisch, Germany skiing and playing golf.

I graduated from the University of Colorado in 1974.

I played briefly on the PGA Tour and Ski Raced Professionally in the now defunct PSRA until 1980.

I worked numerous jobs and was involved in the start-up of The LoJack Corporation in 1988. We devised a police operated stolen vehicle recovery system. I retired out of LoJack in 2000 and played some golf on the Senior PGA Tour until 2004.

I married Debra in 1995 after meeting her in Hawaii at a golf tournament in 1994.

I currently serve as Chairman Board of Directors for Purple Heart Homes. We feel it is the duty of the citizens to support the veterans from their communities and not necessarily the responsibility of the federal government.

Our mission is to modify the homes of service connected disabled veterans of all wars. A recent project was for a friend, a Viet Nam Vet who served in the 5th Special Forces and Project Delta and lost a leg. He also has Agent Orange issues. We built a new wind on his home. Please visit our website.

We will complete 25 homes for disabled veterans this year alone. We serve veterans of all eras. Service connected disabled veterans who are aging in place and need their homes modified to accommodate mobility issues will have that work done at no cost to the veteran. 1st time owners get a hand up and not a hand out. We modify homes donated by banks or build them and place a 15 year mortgage for 50% of the homes value on the property so the veteran owns it free and clear in 15 years. We will usually furnish the home also. Homes have been completed from Connecticut to Florida.

As of January, 2014 we have completed 65 projects, half of which are for veterans from Viet Nam and Korea. We are in the process of forming chapters of PHH around the country. The chapters will focus on rehabbing homes in their area that are owned by veterans who are having mobility issues. Our immediate goal is to complete 500 homes in the next 3 years.

School Story:

Was definitely not among the school elite. Pretty dorky and hung out with the same guys all 4 years. Lived two doors away from Gordy Gray. I read he passed away but no details are given.

I hung out primarily with Chris (Tophie) Campbell, Craig Kirkpatric, and Mark Joseph. Also Craig King, Billy Brown, and Jimmy Heinz (all class of 1965 I believe).

I really wanted to attend the reunion this year but charity functions scheduled for the same time prevented me from attending. I will try my best to be there for # 55. My hats off to those who put on the event.

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I am sorry I did not get to know Chris better. From everything I have heard and read he was an extraordinary man.

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Only known picture of me with an "A" Team near the Laotian border. Most of you can pick me out but almost no one who didn't know me when I was 18 can. Jacque Johnston picked me out as did Reid Douglas. Bottom row far right.

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Congrats on your big win! Spectacular!

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Picture from trophy presentation.

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Just won the North and South Carolina Super Senior Amateur. Better than I expected after having two complete shoulder replacements in the last 9 months.

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Recently won the inaugural Charlotte City Senior Am. Great field. Cold and windy for two days. Birdied 16 and 17 the final day to win by two.

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My wife Deb
and me heading for the Marine Corp Ball this year in Charlotte.

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The Veterans Golf Association will be holding it's 1st Annual Golf Championship at Pinehurst, NC, Nov. 8 - 11. There were 8 qualifying tournaments around the country this past summer. I qualified is Fayetteville, NC with a 69. I will join 79 veterans from around the country vying for the championship. There are no age groups so I play from the young men's tees. Wish me luck and look for results at

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Just now read about your first pitch and reason for it. How cool was that?! And, also about your golf exploits! Hell, I'm four OVER on the first hole!

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Threw out the 1st pitch on Memorial day at the Charlotte Knights game with 3 buddies. Lt. Col. Joe Shelton, 82nd Airborne, age 94. Jumped in WWII in Normandy and was an early Green Beret. Maj. Gen. David Richwine, USMC retired, and John Gallina the co-founder of Purple Heart Homes. Very honored to be with this group of guys and to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom.

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Finished 4th at -4 in recent Super Senior Golf Championship. 36 hole event. 120 great golfers over 65 with aching backs. Putter just wouldn't cooperate this week. Congrats to Arlis Pike for his win. He earned it with his stellar play.
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Deb, Brandon, and Blake 2010
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I served as host and Tournament Chairman for the Inaugural Medal of Honor Cup, held at Trump National Golf Course in Charlotte, NC on May 20, 2013. 7 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance. True American Heroes and many old friends.
from left: me, Mike Thornton, sponsor, Bob Patterson, Tom Norris, sponsor
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM
General Pete Chiarelli, retired Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and our 1st recipient of The Selfless Service Award and Medal.
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Medal of Honor recipients from left:
Mike Thornton
Bob Patterson
me(definitely not a MOH recipient)
Ron Rosser
Tom Norris
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:54 AM
SGM Darrin Sirois, JSOC, F. Bragg and me at The Patriot Gala at Quail Hollow CC in Charlotte on Nov. 2, 2013. Darrin is our newest Board Member at Purple Heart Homes.