Zander was in the USMC for most of his twenties but was honorably discharged after a bad rappel accident giving him plates and post-traumatic arthritis in his left leg and knee.
A few years after being discharged he found a job as a Carpenter's apprentice. He soon became depressed due to losing his house from a fire he did later move in with his brother (Peter grey). Zanders Brother helped him get back on his feet and get an apartment.
After a year of just living life Zander and his brother decided to discover their roots in cherno and Russia so they took a plane there but soon after they arrived the outbreak happened, getting them in Chernarus and the hell hole it has become.