LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Several years after he left the battlefield in Iraq, another battle began for Army veteran Scott Kryder. The Army veteran died on March 2 from respiratory problems that came from his time overseas. Now, his friends are asking the community to join them for a benefit for the family he left behind.
"He constantly would have to take breaks to get some fresh air, breathe some," Keynan Long, a friend of Kryder, said. "He would get a persistent cough that would last for a while. I would see him every Sunday and Thursday and coughs would last about a week."
Long met Kryder in 2017 at the Stormcrow Games shop in Lubbock, as the pair both enjoyed playing the tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons.
"He had been playing the game since its original release back in the 70s." Long said. "He was very knowledgeable. What made him stand out from other players around the table was his willingness to teach others. He had just passion and drive of sharing the game with other people."
Long, a Coast Guard veteran, said he and Kryder bonded over their service and discussed the issues plaguing service members as they return home.
"There are a lot of people who have the same issues that Scott did that are just now getting out or are starting to have those issues," Long said. "They are in their late 30s or early 40s and all those problems or all those chemicals and burn pits and general wear and tear on their body is starting to catch up with them. We are going to see more and more unless we do something."
On Saturday, March 31, Long hopes folks will visit Stormcrow Games at 2155 50th Street for a gaming night to raise money for Kryder's widow. The event will start at 6 p.m run until 10 p.m.
"We just want it to be about new experiences and having people playing games they have never played before or playing a game they have always wanted to play or they love playing but they just can't find people to play with - or just coming down here and helping to contribute to a good cause," Long said.
It will be $5 to enter and $1 for any raffle tickets you would like to purchase for a chance at winning a prize. Long invites folks to bring a game or play those at the shop. Those include: various board and card games, Starfinder, Pathfinder and Long's favorite, Dungeons and Dragons.
"The last day we saw him he came to one of our games," Long said. "He actually texted me before hand and said, 'Hey, I'm having some respiratory problems.' I told him to stay home and if he couldn't make it, don't worry about it, it's not a big deal. He came anyway. He was one of those guys who just didn't want to let his fellow adventurers down."