Schick dreamed of becoming a Marine ever since the age of eight, which stemmed from stories that were shared with him through his grandmother about his grandfather and uncle. At the beginning of his senior year in high school, Schick went to the recruiter’s office that he had grown fond of and signed the paperwork to make his dream a reality. He graduated boot camp from MCRD San Diego in October of 2002 as a Private First Class. Upon Completion of the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, CA, Schick checked into his reserve unit in Bossier City, LA where he would come to know some of the finest men he had ever encountered; these men are now known as the “Battlin’ Bastards” because of their exploits in Iraq.
In the spring of 2004, Schick’s unit, Bravo Company 1/23, received orders to activate and deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. On September 20th, roughly a month after landing in country, the vehicle Schick was driving hit a triple-stacked tank mine that left him severely wounded. He sustained multiple injuries consisting of compound fractures in his left leg, left arm, multiple skin, ligament and bone loss, partial loss of his left hand and arm and an amputation below the knee of his right leg. To date Schick has endured 46 operations, 23 blood transfusions, he has also been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Schick is now married to his wife, Laura, and they have a three year old son, Jackson. Schick has appeared on the HBO special “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq,” and “Starting Over,” on Good Morning Texas. He volunteers as Ambassador for the non-profit Carry The Load based in Dallas, TX which financially benefits existing non-profits that provide resources to veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency personnel, and their families. Carry The Load is also tirelessly working to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day while lobbying to make the month of May, “Memorial May.” He also works at the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas as a member of the Warrior Training Team. The Center for BrainHealth is focused on maximizing the cognitive potential of our nation’s warriors as well as people from all walks of life. The Center for BrainHealth has over 25 years of research in studying and assisting individuals with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, TBI, including other issues dealing with the brain.