Veteran shares Army stories
- Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part series in The Journal.
Last updated 12/13/2022 at 4:27pm
RITZVILLE – Jeff Kissler enlisted in the U.S. Army two weeks after graduating from Ritzville High School in 1994.
For the next 23 years he served in wide-ranging deployments from Europe to the Middle East to Southeast Asia to duty stations in Georgia and Texas.
"Here I am, age 46, and sometimes I wake up and can't believe I put my body through all that stuff," he said. "Sometimes, I'm surprised I'm still here.
"I had a lot of close calls on my deployments. It's given me perspective about what's really important."
After spending his early childhood in Odessa and Tacoma, Kissler came to l...