I live very close to Sado Island and it is my dream to make a center on Sado Island like FNCC (the Florida Nature Culture Center) for member to go to like the TIG and KIG members go to the training course in Itoh (and where ever they go in Kansai)
I do not usually talk about myself, (as I value my personal privacy, and it makes me feel uncomfortable), so I will give it a try.......
I am retired from the US Army. I was a maintenance supervisor and a platoon SGT. I am married to a wonderful woman who I met in Korea in 1982. The Army tried to discourage the marrage, but thank goodness I ignored them. We were married in 1983, and the rest is history.
We have a son who was born in 1985, his name is also Paul. He lives at our house in Lacey, Washington, and is also an SGI-USA member there in Lacey. He is a Nurse, and works in one of the hospitals in the Lacey, Olympia area. We could not be any more proud of him. Things got a bit shaky in the beginning of his career but, now he has realized that what he does is very important and he is very good at what he does. His goal is to be a LPN, (i think that it what he said) and there is no doubt in my mind he will achieve what he wants. Like I said before, we could not be any more proud of him. Some families have tough challenges with their kids, he was never any trouble. He is our fortune baby.
Anyway, when I met my wife she told me that I would have to practice this Buddhism (??what??) and would have to go and meet some people for a meeting. I did not really want to, but went anyway. (because I loved her I guess) When I entered the meeting house all I could hear were people chanting NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO over and over. I felt creeped out and I wanted to go home really bad, but I stayed. It turned out to be Steve and Young Shin Burson’s home, (Mom and Dad of Sharon Sweets Burson) We became close friends, and we kept in touch over the years to this day. So anyway, that's when I became a member. Back in 1983. Comming up on 30 years I think.
After I retired from the US Army, I went to work for a government contractor on Ft. Lewis, (General Dynamics) as an instructor for a vehicle called a STRYKER, where I met a guy who told me about a job which he felt I would be very good at. He continued to press me to apply until finilly I gave in and did apply. I was totally amazed when they called me. (only 3 days later) It has been 8 years since I started this job, and I love it. I am a LAR (Logistics Assistance Representitive) and work for TACOM. TACOM is the army organization which manages all of the Army’s rolling and most of the Army’s shooting fleet. I am depolyable on an Emergrncy Essential basis, so as a resuly I get to travel a lot. More importantly, I get to work with the soldiers and that is what I seem do best, and enjoy the most.
Since becomming a LAR I have been stationed in Mississippi at Cp Shelby for a bit more than a year, and of course Ft. Lewis, where I have spent the majority of my time. I have been depolyed to Iraq 5 times, located in Baghdad (Green Zone) once and Mosul 4 times. Currently I live in Korea in Dongducheon (Cp Casey) I have been here for almost 2 years, and have another 2 years to go. I have no idea where I go when I PCS from here yet. I hope somewhere warm. Life here, at least for me is good. My wife is here with me of course, and my korean family lives nearby as well.
Anyway, my wife Kyong is an area WD Senior leader for KSGI, and a Vice district leader for SGI-USA. Se is doing very well. She has diabetes, (type 1), and has had breast cancer twice. She has overcome every challenge she has been faced with. She has been told she is now cancer free, and has the diabetes under control. I truely believe that if we did not have the Gohonzon and this practice things would not be as great as they really are. So please keep chanting, for your selves as well as for others. It will help the other members while it is helping you.
Kyong has a page under construction, so I will link to it when it is done. Please read about her life there. I’ll give you a hint though, She is a strong woman, a great SGIUSA, KSGI leader, and a wonderful wife. Can’t get any better than that.
Thanks for reading this.
Why do you desire to join SGIBuddhism.org? Pls answer fully. DO NOT leave blank
I have been asked as I have 100s of friends who interact on this site. I also feel safer using this site vs using Facebook or other sites like that.
What are your expectations from joining this site?
I want to keep in touch with old friends as well as my many new friends.
Hi Paul_____First of all thanx for your tours in Iraq. (I ani.t goin, too dangerous, besides I'm a chicken (lol). By the way what years were you active for the required 20 years? I'm pretty sure you read my profile. Korea in 67 was just rice paddies and people struggling to make a buck to keep a roof over their heads and eat, or so it seemed like to me. Of course in Seoul unlike Inchon people seemed a little better off at the time. I keep hearing of the unbelievable developement of So. Korea, I'm sure I would be astounded. Heard Seoul has hundreds of SGI comm. Centers. Wow make that a double wow. Gotta go to work LATER Herb