Mr. Swartz grew up in Arlington, TX. He played tennis for Arlington High School, then attended the University of Texas at Arlington from 1959-1963 when it was Arlington State College. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Paul served in the Army National Guard from 1963-1969, 49th Armored Division, 149th Aviation Battalion. Paul’s training included Huey Helicopter crew chief and door gunner. His rank at discharge was Staff Sgt. E-6. His unit was not called to go in country in Vietnam, but they were ready to go if called!
Paul had a long and successful career in Sales spanning 33 years and across several states including New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas; he retired in 1996. He’s been married for 47 wonderful, happy years, has two daughters, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.
For the last 14 years Paul, has dedicated his free time to working with, honoring and supporting American troops and veterans. From 2003 to 2010 Paul volunteered for “Welcome Home a Hero” at DFW Airport, welcoming home troops for R&R from Iraq and Afghanistan. One year, Paul was at DFW Airport for 51 days to greet the troops!
For three years, from 2011 to 2014, Paul volunteered for “Honor Flight DFW.” He assisted in recruiting WWII veterans for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to visit eight memorials including the WWII Memorial. He also served as a guardian on several occasions for one of the vets he accompanied on the trip.
Since 2014, Paul has been working with two very special WWII Veterans, Iwo Jima survivors from the 5th Marine Division, Don Graves and Bill Schott. Paul has been arranging speaking engagements and providing transportation for them so they can tell of their experiences while fighting on Iwo Jima. He is also an Advisor to Roll Call’s Board of Directors regarding fundraising, and is responsible for raising enough money to pay for the monthly veterans’ luncheons for nearly six months. Mr. Swartz is a tremendous patriot, a kind-hearted man with a passion for our military and veterans, and no question a valuable asset to Roll Call.