Michael went into the Army in 1966, and was trained as an artilleryman (13A10), and was deployed to Vietnam in April of 1967 in a 105-howitzer battery (B/1/29th), assigned to the 4th Inf Division (3/12th Inf). Awarded the Vietnam Service and the Purple Heart, he was discharged in 1968. In 1972, he joined the Army Reserves. During that period of service, he was awarded several awards including the Meritorious Service and NCO professional Development medals and Battalion and Brigade Drill Sgt of the year. He retired in 1992 as a First Sergeant (E-8).
VFW membership began in 1986 in Post 2475 in Glens Falls. Elected in 2010 as Post Commander and has continued in that capacity till June 2020, achieving All State status six times and All-American Post Commander in 2016. He led Post 2475 in raising many thousands of dollars that have been used to assist other organizations that help veterans such as Fisher House, Honor Flights, Vet Houses and more and the Post has directly helped many local veterans in need.
He moved up the chairs of the Hudson Mohawk Counties Council including two terms as Council Commander and the chairs of District 3 achieving All State District Commander in 2017. As District 3 Commander, over $12,000 was raised to purchase flag poles and permanent District marker for the National Cemetery.
Appointed as Department Chief of Staff in 2018 and then elected to Department Jr Vice and Sr Vice Commander in 2019, 2020.
In addition to his Gold Legacy VFW Life Membership, he is a Life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and a member of the American Legion.
He is the proud father of two sons, (one of which is a VFW Life Member), and four Grandchildren.