He has lived overseas, primarily in Thailand with lesser stints in Malaysia and Iran. He has served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, which the Vietnamese call the American War and also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand. His experience is in both the public and private sectors. He has written many columns and articles on government, current events, foreign and domestic policies. He was imbued with a strong interest in these things by his father, an Armenian immigrant to America who always carried a pocket edition of the U.S. Constitution. As a boy his father survived the genocide of Armenians in Turkey.