Michael was invited to speak at Congressman Schweikert's open house in honor of Veterans Day in Scottsdale, Arizona. He spoke about his grandfather, a veteran in the Vietnam War, and how much respect he has for veterans. This respect inspired his second novel, A Great Soldier, and led him to found a chapter of the Veterans Heritage Project at his high school. He is currently the VHP president.
Michael plans to release a novella in the fall that takes place during the Vietnam War.