I grew up an Army brat (my father served 30 years), and lived all over the U.S. and Europe. I started collecting as a kid (spent my weekly allowance at the Mons (Belgium) flea market each Sunday morning.
Although I kept all of my collected stuff, I got away from collecting - high school, girl friends, then 28 years in uniform myself.
It never really occurred to me that all my old uniforms would pose any interest to a collector, until one contacted me wanting to buy a few items I had posted in a militaria collector's forum. I brought home lots of 'bring backs' from Gulf War One and a couple tours to Iraq.
Having retired my wife got onto me a couple years ago and told me I needed to take up a hobby. I've started back collecting militaria, however I'm more into vintage (20th Century) items.
I've been buying named DCUs and field gear for a friend, and he's growing a respectable collection.
However, I can relate to the issue of removing nametapes from personal uniforms. It feels awkward to hand over an item which still bears your name, also there are always concerns over misuse or potential for being "out-ed" for other military assignments (primarily in the Special Ops community ... I served the majority of my 28 years in Special Forces and Military Intelligence units). Not much of a problem, however, if your name happens to be "Smith," "Jackson," "Jones" etc ...
That being said, having gotten back into collecting I better understand the desire for named items and for provenance. These concepts were foreign to me when I started collecting in middle school. And when I can I seek information to keep with the vintage items I find.
I've been buying named DCUs for a friend who collects. I'm not really much into collecting stuff from the current wars ... and I'm quite certain that I'll regret this 20 or 30 years from now. The items I've accumulated during my deployments all have special meaning to me, and will be things I eventually hope to pass on to my grandkids.
I'm fortunate in that I live very close to an Army post. That one of the local surplus vendors is a buddy is of big help when I look for named stuff for my friend.
I've been finding ACU jackets with patches, rank, nametapes still attached - to include a couple still bearing the pin-on badges. I figure on picking these up when I see them, as they don't really cost me that much.