“I was raised in the country in Louisiana. We rode horses and 4-wheelers and raised everything we ate. My grandfathers on both sides of the family were sheriffs. If I acted up, I got in trouble with everyone.
I played football in Daphne and at Kansas State. I got hurt in college and my mother had a heart attack and couldn’t work. I had an 11-year-old brother at the time so I came home and worked three jobs for two years to help them and went to school. I didn’t finish college but went into the military.
My stepfather was in the military and I grew up with perfection and being meticulous.
I served in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Haiti, and Germany and learned how to respect others. I think every American should do a tour and see how fortunate we are.
I got out on medical discharge after an IED blew up my Humvee. It ruptured my Achilles tendon and I had metal throughout my body. I couldn’t walk for six months when I got back and went through a divorce because of it. She told me to take my daughter and leave and I moved back to Alabama. I was bummed out for a while and gained over 65 pounds. I woke up one day and said, ‘What is wrong with you?’ I went back to the church that I grew up in and people were glad to see me. That helped me through.
None of us are perfect. We hide the issues instead of talking about them and helping each other through. I needed people to help me and had to put on my big boy shoes and raise a young daughter who was depending on me. I had given my first wife everything but we went our separate ways and I didn’t look back. I had to grow up and move on. My daughter loves me and we have fun. That is what life is about. I got remarried and have a little girl on my way. My fourth child.
I have a landscape business. I also work for the city of Daphne as a mechanic on garbage trucks and police cars. My kids depend on me and watch every little thing that I do. I want to set a good example for them.
I also help older people, They get by themselves and get depressed or their kids don’t come back to see them. We are all going to get old one day. I have been around the world and it is sad how we treat each other.