Sgt (Ret.) Kelsey Smith enlisted in the Marine Corps in June of 2003. Upon completion of training and becoming an 0311 (Infantry Rifleman), he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 7th Marines and deployed in February of 2004 to Al Qaim, Iraq. In September of 2005, he deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, where he received shrapnel wounds and was awarded a Purple Heart. He deployed twice more to Iraq in 2007 and 2008, after which he served as a combat instructor for newly commissioned officers and warrant officers at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. Since his retirement in 2013, Kelsey graduated at the University of North Texas with a degree in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, and he also served as the president of the university’s Student Veterans Association. A dedicated advocate for veterans’ issues, Kelsey is an integral part of the Boot Campaign team. He and his wife Reyka are parents to three young daughters: Annika, Mayzie and Charlee Jo. Whenever he finds time, Kelsey can be found enjoying any activity outdoors or catching a race at a local track.