They say you should never judge a book by its cover. It applies perfectly to Krista Mette.
"I served in active duty Army and I served in Germany, Kuwait and Iraq."
That's right. On this memorial, her name is right next to hundreds of other Teutopolis veterans. She wears this hat proudly as the first female commander of the American Legion in town.
"A lot of people don't picture someone like me in the American Legion. They think of it as the white, older gentleman's club. It's a lot more than that."
Mette says there are programs in the American Legion for young veterans just like her.
"They have a lot of different types of things that you can be involved in. It gives you the opportunity to help others."
She joined the military, not only for the love of her country, but for love.
"I joined the military mainly because of my husband who is getting ready for his second tour of duty in Iraq. As a service member, you learn leadership skills."
Skills she's turned into a lifestyle. She's now a paralegal.
"I didn't want to stay at home and joining the military made me more patriotic and I wanted to do something with my life and go above and beyond what I was doing at the time."
Now Mette has surpassed even that, continuing to go above and beyond for her community and country.
"Everyone knows everyone and someone you are trying to help. The community is so important and just a great place to live."
She's the definition of a hero, no doubt about it.
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