Wes Choc grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he lived until 1965 when he joined the Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. After the end of his military service in 1969, he worked for the American Automobile Association for over forty years. In 1992 he was appointed president and CEO of AAA MountainWest, overseeing business and club operations in Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. After retiring from AAA in 2008, he and his wife, Carol, moved to Arizona.
Wes is also an active community volunteer. With his TEFL certificate in hand, he spent three months teaching English as a second language in Ecuador. Back at home, Wes tutors English regularly for new US residents. He also mentors homeless and troubled youth. Wes has worked with veterans in Montana and Arizona, especially with veterans returning from overseas with PTSD or other disabilities. He is currently an active volunteer at the Tucson Veterans’ Hospital, helping recovering vets. In the spirit of legacy, Wes committed 25% of his book sales in 2016 to the Arizona Fisher House.
Wes enjoys writing and has recently established his own publishing platform aptly named Chosen Journey Media. With his initial success of Just Dust – An Improbable Marine’s Story, Wes went back to work and is delighted to have completed Inconspicuous – Walter Rothwell’s Undercover Journey During the Cold War as a life story told to him by a friend who also served the United States proudly in uniform. One of Wes’s stories was also featured in Baby Shoes: 100 Stories by 100 Authors. Carol and Wes Choc currently make their home in Tucson, Arizona.