SSgt. Jeff Kelly

SSgt. Kelly joined the Army Reserve in 2000 and transferred to the Regular Army in 2006. He served three tours in Iraq between 2003 and 2008. In 2008, while traveling in a convoy, Jeff was injured by mortar fire and a RPG. Enduring a severe injury to his left leg, he nevertheless completed his mission. After many failed attempts at leg rehabilitation, a spinal cord stimulator was implanted to relieve his pain and SSgt. Kelly was told, in so many words, to "live with it". In addition to other injuries, the leg is now dying and in the future will most likely require amputation below the knee. Jeff grew up in the Orlando area and graduated from Westside Tech in Winter Garden. He is an Eagle Scout and, in recognition of his outstanding leadership ability, he has been approved for membership in the prestigious Sgt. Audie Murphy Club. This honor is earned by fewer than one percent of the Army's NCOs. His wife Michelle was born and grew up in Kissimmee. They and their daughters, Jade and Lindsey, currently reside in Oakland, Florida.