Nelson retired from the military after 30 years of service. He is a past Senior Vice Commander of the DAV and is currently the Sergeant-At-Arms for the State Honor Guard. He is the current Senior Vice Commander of the American Legion and spearheaded a drive which resulted in a $10,000 donation to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. He also initiated a scholarship program for St Joan of Arc School in Chicopee. He is a member of the VFW, Polish Legion of American Veterans, the Knights of Columbus and is the current President of the Chicopee Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Committee. He was a member of the By Laws Revision committee for the Friends, and also volunteers at the Soldiers’ Home. He performs outreach for the DAV advocating for membership and assistance with Claims due to service connected injuries.