Ben served in the Army, Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He served in a security detail during the Gulf War. Ben attended the College of Oceaneering to study. Dive Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. In addition, he studied Paramedic Medicine at Kern County Paramedic School. He worked for American Medical Response (AMR) on an ambulance. Ben went into teaching and taught at Allan Hancock College in the EMS and HazMat programs.
Ben later moved to Connecticut to finish a four-year degree at the University of Connecticut where he studied Occupational Health and Safety. While studying he was offered a job as the lead Hyperbaric Technician and Safety Director at Milford Hospital.
Now retired, his free time is spent volunteering for local veteran organizations.