He has lived overseas in Thailand, Malaysia and Iran. Other countries he has briefly visited are the Philippines, Laos, South Korea, Japan, and India. He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, which the Vietnamese call the American War and he 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 and made his way to a land full of opportunity and freedom.