Is there an "Introduce Yourself" sticky that I'm missing

  • 13 Mar 2017 1:57 PM
    Message # 4664043
    Anonymous

    Morning...



    Didn't see one anywhere, so I'll introduce myself.  Name is Kevin.  From Mississippi originally, but live in N Alabama now.  Great grandfather was a carpenter, so the love of doing things with wood has been in my family for quite some time now.  I also come from a long line of military family members too.  Can trace my lineage back to GEN Robert E Lee (in fact, my middle name is Lee and is from him).  My grandfather retired from service with almost 40 years as an airplane engine mechanic with both the Navy and the Air Force.  My dad retired from the Air Force with nearly 25 years as a comms guy.  My Great Uncle survived the Bataan Death March only to die in a prison camp after.  I joined the Army after I realized that I couldn't drink my way through college and still graduate (though I sure gave it a hell of a shot!).  I started in the infantry as an 11 bullet catcher.  Deployed to Mogadishu in Oct 1993 for 5 months.  Spent 3 years on AD.  Got out, joined the National Guard and went back to college.  Went AD in the national guard for 6 years.  Was deployed to Iraq in 2003/2004.  Went all over the country from Baghdad at Camp Cropper (High Value Detainee Facility - we had the deck of cards in our prison from the Ace of Spades down). Moved N to Fallujah for the first battle in April 2004.  Quite a few other lovely places in country after.  Got out and got into the Air National Guard.  Was mobilized for 2 years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Finally got out at 17 1/2 years of service (not a choice of mine, but no fault of anyone else either - long story and will explain if anyone wants me to).  Am rated at 90% SC disabled.  Have issues with both shoulders (both been surgically repaired), hearing, asthma (pretty sure that's from burn pits!), and severe PTSD.  

    I got into woodworking about 9 months ago as an outlet for my PTSD.  I'm a successful businessman in the Aerospace industry, but once I'm not wearing my "businessman" hat, all falls to pieces.  Have come close to divorce many times, and honestly, wouldn't blame her if she did, bu thankfully, we've worked out many of our issues. 

    Thanks to Rob and his crew for the start of this journey.  I have quite a few pcs in the hopper as a hobby DIYer (two coffee tables, a pair of end tables, 2 dining room tables and a bed).

    Thanks for letting me ramble...

    Kevin

  • 13 Mar 2017 10:57 PM
    Reply # 4664987 on 4664043
    Anonymous

    This is an outstanding idea!

    I am Joe. I served ten years and change in The Corps. I was medically retired in 2011 for many reasons. I spent time with 1st FSSG, 15th MEU, EOD school, 6th Marines, and SOI. Went through three tours in Iraq covering most of the different periods. After being retired I went back to school and earned two degrees. I got back into woodworking about a year and a half or so ago. I have found, no doubt like many here, that it is a great way for me to relax and work through my issues. Well, at least some of them. I look forward to making some new friends here. I can not thank Mr. Cosman and everyone else that has helped to put this together for us. 

    Semper Fi!

    Last modified: 14 Mar 2017 12:42 PM | Anonymous
  • 23 Mar 2017 12:28 AM
    Reply # 4684473 on 4664043
    Anonymous

    I am new here also.  My name is Will, I am a Marine Vet served 2002-2006 2 tours Iraq, Invasion and Fallujah.  I am from Michigan but I am currently living in Orange County California...hate it here, moving to Washington State end of this year.  I am a licensed General Contractor, I have been doing woodworking for about 3 years now, I got sober 3 and a half years ago and started attending groups at the VA to deal with my PTSD and Alcohol abuse.  I now use woodworking as my "zen place".  I love being in my garage woodshop so much my wife has to come get me most nights to tell me to come in.  I started with mostly power tools (being a contractor) but recently I have been doing more and more by hand.  

    Thank You to Rob for everything he is doing to help us vets out! It is extremely appreciated!


    Will Fisher

  • 07 Apr 2017 12:01 AM
    Reply # 4720955 on 4664043
    Anonymous

    Brothers and Sisters,

    I've been on the site since Rob first introduced the Woodworking for Vets.  My name is Jarod, I spent 7 years in the Army as a diesel mechanic and recovery operator.  Got lucky/unlucky and had one tour to Afghanistan 2009-2010.  Lucky that it was only 1 tour, unlucky that a convoy I was in hit an IED.  Lost some really close people to me that day, but thankfully I escaped with only a bad back along with some other issues now.  I went through a lot of ups and downs after getting back and dealing with drinking and PTSD.  One day I decided to build my fiance a new dining room table in the garage and that's when it hit me that for the first time in a long time I actually felt calm and peaceful.  I've been slowly building up my repertoire of tools and I strive to get out to the garage every second I can.  I am truly grateful for what Rob has set up, and all of the individuals that help contribute to allow him to continue to keep putting on classes for Veterans. 

    Thanks,

    Jarod

  • 27 Apr 2017 3:30 AM
    Reply # 4786187 on 4684473
    Anonymous wrote:

    I am new here also.  My name is Will, I am a Marine Vet served 2002-2006 2 tours Iraq, Invasion and Fallujah.  I am from Michigan but I am currently living in Orange County California...hate it here, moving to Washington State end of this year.  I am a licensed General Contractor, I have been doing woodworking for about 3 years now, I got sober 3 and a half years ago and started attending groups at the VA to deal with my PTSD and Alcohol abuse.  I now use woodworking as my "zen place".  I love being in my garage woodshop so much my wife has to come get me most nights to tell me to come in.  I started with mostly power tools (being a contractor) but recently I have been doing more and more by hand.  

    Thank You to Rob for everything he is doing to help us vets out! It is extremely appreciated!


    Will Fisher


  • 27 Apr 2017 4:30 AM
    Reply # 4786287 on 4684473
    Anonymous wrote:

    I am new here also.  My name is Will, I am a Marine Vet served 2002-2006 2 tours Iraq, Invasion and Fallujah.  I am from Michigan but I am currently living in Orange County California...hate it here, moving to Washington State end of this year.  I am a licensed General Contractor, I have been doing woodworking for about 3 years now, I got sober 3 and a half years ago and started attending groups at the VA to deal with my PTSD and Alcohol abuse.  I now use woodworking as my "zen place".  I love being in my garage woodshop so much my wife has to come get me most nights to tell me to come in.  I started with mostly power tools (being a contractor) but recently I have been doing more and more by hand.  

    Thank You to Rob for everything he is doing to help us vets out! It is extremely appreciated!


    Will Fisher

     Omg I've been trying like a mother f..... to get a hold of you Will! I lost your contact info! So one mr Cowbow Furniture & Decor, I never was able to order that hat rack w/ a skull on it I think a raccoon, for my Stetson. Oh man what else oh yeah them Arriats w/ the square toe, man they are still the best boots I ever had & they will be the only ones I get long as they make em. Hell I even bought an Arriat checkbook wallet however I'm a bit bummed to the stitching on the back has come undone, but only i think cause the flood, even my boots got all messed & i cant get the leather to stiffen up again, like a pair of moccasins now. Oh what else oh man yeah a few years too late but sorry I didn't make it to the meal at your house, thanks giving i think like 3 years ago or more... i went to call for directions & to confirm but my truck got broken into.. took address book & cell & my Bear recurve... loved that thing... shi!! What else? Oh so yeah after that i could never find you again so i set out to try & make my own wall mount cowboy hat rack & at first it was more like damn it will where are you then it was like oh man this is fun & i also took up graphic digital arts too. Took a class or so, mostly just small stuff, i kinda started to get more issues on my hands and hip and knee. I also then tried and passed with flying colors to join the CalCorrectionsdept. But was disqualified at the very last possible moment... the CVCrt had Sealed that part of my life and even the Judge vouched for me... but no go, due to policy and such, that wouldn't be the last time i could of really risen above and maybe been something, a someone with a job, insurance and whatever else grown ups got.. lol but really. Not sure if it was the  disqualification or the timing but my hip knee and hands all doubled in pain and would go numb just from shaking another's hand. But about that time and only after 4 years of fighting the VA finally gave me my compensation and it was super clear I couldn't work any more when my knee gave out at work with a 50# stock pot full of a perfect veal stock, three days it simmered those finely roasted bones... worst yet, it was very hot and due to my lame useless body i burned two of my employees. Stopped working shortly after, so i tried to stay positive and if you remember i used to always be at the soup kitchen well i kept at that but just kinda stopped after asome 2 years of helping there. So i was like at home a lot and was doing a lot more digital art and woodwork but still keeping small till i attempted to make a YouTube channel about those two topics and to help spread a message that a smile to a stranger could be the deciding factor between life or givin up. (I had three brothers in arms take their own. Can you believe it? Marines, all of us made it home only to lose the fight here, to date from ther unit i deployed w/, that we lost here at home: 6 Marines and 1 Sailor. Ever day i think what could of happened differently or what could i have done to at least save one of us, i should say that actual loss is 5 Marines/1 Sailor w/ 1 Marine sorely wounded & honestly feeling like I did lose the fight that day & now he just walks around like an empty worthless shell.... Too DEEP! Haha but that guy is ok he has a good support group & last i heard he's all good. So yeah, then i had a leaky roof turn mini flood and lost some electronic devices with the YouTube content i had waiting to upload, logos and tons of just get started and look professional stuff for at least 6 months worth of uploads.... lost. Then shortly after this Canadian Guy calls me & my hand hurts so to be continued man its so cool to finally find you brother i seriously have been constantly actively looking for the past few years & even going on craigslist looking at all the furniture maker ads & calling people that kinda looked like you or your furniture... lol be funny this ain't you hahaha how's the wife btw & i think y'all living w/ a parent too? & you still working has a contractor or was it construction type of carpenter? We so need to woodcraft it up soon ive been dying to make something for months now too but like i said hands hurting right now & tons more too that need tending before i worry bout that. But man i hope you well even if i got the wrong Will, i hope your good haha i could use a you know here in oc & such few folks i knew back then have either passed on or well don't answer or reply, prob busy w/ work & I don't work so yeah free time & such. Ok bye ya, awesome so fn awesome to find someone i know, well not that we were like besties but went thru a lot of the same & w/ Lindley we actually went thru that 'together ' plus we got the same boots hahaha & i need some help w/ these damn tools are all rusted man haha ok later
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