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Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking from Los Angeles Film School
After watching his brother-in-law graduate from Marine Corps boot camp, Bobby knew that was what he wanted to do with his life. He enlisted, completed combat engineer school for training to find improvised exploding devices, (IED) and shortly learned he would be deploying to Afghanistan. While conducting combat operations south of Sangin, an Infantry squad leader stepped on a pressure plate while Bobby was standing next to him. His squad leader lost his leg and Bobby received shrapnel to the face, a concussion resulting in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and torn ligaments to his shoulder.
Bobby left the Marine Corps two years later and completed school for collision repair. Unfortunately, he found himself unable to find a job that provided enough income to support his family resulting in his wife, Jena, having to work three jobs as a photographer, teaching assistant, and waitress at night to help make ends meet. Bobby made the decision to return to school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in digital film faking from the L.A. Film School, a career he was passionate about and would complement the photography/cinematography business he and his wife wanted to start. However, he knew he could not financially do it alone and applied to Sentinels of Freedom. With SOF’s support, he was able to complete his education nearly debt free and be in a financial situation stable enough that when a family emergency happened, he was able to take in his sister’s five children to prevent them from going into the foster care system while she was unable to take care of them.
Thanks to the continued support of Sentinels of Freedom, Bobby was able to take care of his nieces and nephews, along with his own 2 children, and provide them with a loving, stable home until they could be reunited with his sister. He completed his education from the Los Angeles film school, graduating in February 2020, and has been able to build a portfolio that has created a growing client base. Following graduation, Bobby and Jena have submitted their business license to officially start their own photography and videography business in Hopkinsville, KY.
“I could not have done anything within the last year without Sentinels of Freedom. They have helped me take care of my family when they needed it most.”