Mark served honorably for four years on active duty in the Marine Corps. He specialized in counter-terrorism (i.e. 0311/infantry). He went up for a board which required having to answer several questions about Marine Corps knowledge and received a meritorious promotion while in the Marine Corps. Having never been sentenced to anything, he received the Good Conduct Medal on his three year mark. It was about his last year in the Marine Corps he figured out he was anticipating recoil on the rifle range which diminished his scores and if he had it to do over again, he would score much higher. (Side note: pretend like you aren't even firing a weapon so that when the round goes off is a surprise.) He was dually endorsed by the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party when he ran for a municipal office in 2002. He re-enlisted in the ARNG in 2006 because he missed the military and was honorably discharged. He would have liked to have stayed in the ARNG longer and deployed, but the VA's faux medical charting made that nearly impossible. (Try explaining to any employer that you can't get your, say, eczema all over your body treated because the VA diagnosed it as psychosis.) He is far from alone in having received that kind of treatment. Having a collegiate GPA of 4.0 so far, he stood on principle refusing to take anything from the taxpayer to go to school. He started Veterans for Ron Paul in 2007 (contrary to the claims somebody else started it, which he can prove), which had several hundred members. He has held the NFA Series 3 license (futures and futures options broker) which he did a voluntary withdrawal on because he couldn't in good conscience sell managed futures, which are designed for institutional clients, since firms would do better to hire an in-house trader to trade a proprietary account with a discount broker rather than allocating assets into a managed futures account, which he outlined in his well-written withdrawal request. He's proud to say that he never bagged a single client for MF Global because if he had bagged a client it would have been for MF Global. His commentaries have been carried by sites like Antiwar.com. Today, he works independently in counter-terrorism by exposing how the real terrorists run the government in Washington. Since the year 2000, he has spent much of his free time reading the great minds of the Austrian School of economics, such as Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, et al.