Patriot Dennis Wallot joined 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 school.
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.