Shawn Pinkston remembers his father coaching Little League as a way of giving back to the community, and Pinkston’s campaign for the 1st Congressional District seat stemmed from the same thinking, a desire to give back.

Of course, a lot has happened between Pinkston’s youth and today, where the 38-year-old Daniel Island lawyer finds himself among 16 Republicans hoping to win U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s old House seat.

There was the 9/11 attacks, which occurred while Pinkston was in his first year of law school.

After that, he decided to volunteer, joined the U.S. Army and served in Iraq.

On the stump, Pinkston has talked about the difficulty leaving his wife and young son who still was grappling with health complications from being born two months early.

“One of the reasons I am running is I didn’t abandon my post,” he said.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.