LTC Nelson is a graduate of Marion Military Institute, and the University of Alabama. He has Masters degree in Criminal Justice, Personnel Management, and National Security Management. He is a graduate of both the Army Command and General Staff Course, and the Air War College. He spent most of his career as a soldier, or peace officer. He served from Vietnam time to Granada. He has served in Panama, Bosnia, and the Middle East. Sam retired in 2001, and has become a Veterans rights advocate in our area. He is a member of both the American Legion, and the VFW, and served as a Team Captain of a House of Hero’s project. He currently serves as Chairman of the Chattahoochee Valley Veterans Council.