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6/15/07-Kilgore

Freedom Fighters: Jason And Kelli Butte

It was a military life that first brought Jason and Kelli Butte together. But they are now serving on a different kind of battlefield.

Jason and Kelli first met in college ROTC classes and both planned to make careers in the military. As an intelligence officer, Kelli was first deployed to Kuwait just prior to 9/11. As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, Jason was among the first U.S. Military to enter Iraq after 9/11. It was here he first realized how easily he could be killed and soon dedicated his life to Christ.

Jason's second deployment to Iraq was harder for Kelli because they were then married and expecting their first baby. Jason wasn't to return home until six weeks after Katie's birth. The Buttes now have their second daughter Abbey and are expecting a third child. Jason is the new pastor for Kilgore's Liberty Road Baptist Church and both he and Kelli are looking forward to there service there.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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