(above is a video I made showing video and pictures I took during the invasion of Iraq)
(I am on the left, first day getting into Baghdad Saddam's Palace April 2003)I battled with depression since leaving the army in 2008 with no longer being able to hold a job due to being sick a lot. I then in 2009 began to collect cards again. When I entered the army in 2001 is when I stopped after collecting since 1985. My family (pictured below) and my whole family has been totally supportive on me being able to continue my love of the hobby while my wife works long hours as a nurse. I do receive full army disability but it is a fraction of what I could make being that I have a bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering and trained at the NASA center in Huntsville, AL for a year in the Army in 2002.
Each fall my son and I as a boy scout community project go through my cards that I have doubles, triples...etc and we make boxes of 100 cards and then donate them to area hospitals or shelters. I feel like it is a duty to continue to give back to a country that I have defended for 8 years. It is amazing the support I get in my area, kids, moms, grandmas give me a box of cards for my family to collect. I make sure to tell them I do NOT sell the cards, I have no ebay store, and if I have the card then I it will get donated to a needy family or child to hopefully brighten their day. My wife though does love getting autographs and game used cards, she displays them proudly also! I just wanted to share a little bit about why I collect and about my family in hopes that I can maybe make a few friends with similar interests! I love sports of course, my favorite teams are the St. Louis Blues, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, Colorado Rockies, and St. Louis Cardinals.
I hope to create a great collection for my children and future grandchildren can enjoy years after I have left this great Earth! Last but not least I made my first game used card for my daughter, I know I could do better this year...but my daughter was VERY excited to have her own game used card (1/1 of course!)