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Famous Veterans: Kris Kristofferson

February 20, 2019

Kris Kristofferson, under pressure from his family, joined the U.S. Army and attained the rank of captain. He became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training at Fort RuckerAlabama. He also completed Ranger School. During the early 1960s, he was stationed in West Germany as a member of the 8th Infantry Division. During this time, he resumed his music career and formed a band. In 1965, when his tour of duty ended, Kristofferson was given an assignment to teach English literature at West Point. Instead, he decided to leave the Army and pursue songwriting. His family disowned him because of his career decision, and sources are unclear on whether or not they reconciled. They saw it as a rejection of everything they stood for, in spite of the fact that Kristofferson has said he is proud of his time in the military, and received the American Veterans Awards “Veteran of the Year Award” in 2003. (Wikipedia)

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