Patriot Dennis Wallotjoined MOPH in 1994, and currently is the Finance Officer for
the Department of Michigan, the Finance Officer for Chapter 41, and now the National
Finance Committee Chairman, a three year term.
Patriot Wallot started life a little rough, quitting high school and joining the Army in September 1965 so he could be somebody was not the thing to do just when the Vietnam War was starting.
He started as an enlisted man and stayed that way for the next three years, leaving
the service as a sergeant.
After spending one year in the States, going
to numerous schools - demolition, weapons, combat leadership and serving at many
different duty stations while training as a Ranger, he went to Vietnam in 1966/67
as a combat soldier with the 1st Cavalry Division.
During his tour of duty, he fell
into a pungi pit and was out of action for two weeks, only to come back and get
shot through both legs September 30, 1967. He spent his last year of duty
in Valley Forge General Hospital in Pennsylvania. Patriot Wallot was discharged
on September 30 1968, just when all his classmates were just getting out of high
Now a civilian, he found getting work a tough job in itself; realizing
that a college education was necessary to optimize earning power, he spent the next
six years getting an undergraduate degree. With war still on, he decided to go into
business for himself, beginning with a bar business in an upper Michigan small town,
financed by sales of his coin collection and Harley motorcycle, opening the till
with $12.00. Then he got into other businesses – hotel, delicatessen, and entertainment
– all accomplished while still in college.
After graduation, Patriot Wallot
started a Masters Program, became a Certified Financial Planner (CEP) and founded
Money Concepts, a business that now has over 1000 tax and investment clients.