Dutch earned his eligibility for the VFW with service in the Army 1968-1970 deploying to Vietnam. He later served in the Air Force with duty in Operation Provide Comfort and deployment during OIF/OEF. He retired from the military in 2007. He has numerous awards and decorations.
Dutch is also an active member in other Military Organizations besides the VFW. Past National Commander Americal (23rd Infantry) Division Veterans Association, 440th Air Wing Alumni, American Legion, AMVETS, & Life Member DAV. He also is a volunteer fro ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve).
He resides in Mount Prospect with his wife of 51 years, Jan. They have three sons and eight grandchildren.