After serving three years in the military, Vernon worked for 30 years in telecommunications and retired in 1994 as a manager for Bell South. He then managed his own consulting business in the fiber optic industry for an additional 10 years.
During this career he was very involved with Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years and is still involved on a limited basis. He has received numerous awards for his time and commitment to helping train and direct young men.
Vernon is also an active historical reenactor.