Allen Payne served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1970-1971, assigned to the 4th Infantry, Pleiku South Viet-Nam. After completing his tour, he returned to his home town of Statesville, North Carolina where he currently resides. He has been a member of the VFW since his discharge, serving in various positions for his home post 2031. He was an All-Americn Post Commander in 1987 and again in 1991. He was also National Aid-De-Camp in 1991. He served as 14th District Commander in 1988 and again from 2012-2016. Mr Payne served as Surgeon for the Department of North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars before his election to the office of Sr. Vice Commander.