A list of Katrisha Neisse’s military and civilian accomplishments might look like this: Enlisted in the National Guard in high school. Enrolled in college. Served in Iraq. Graduated college. Got a job.
But a basic laundry list of accomplishments doesn’t even come close to painting a complete picture of this veteran’s story — or her dedication to our country.
All in the family
When asked what motivated her to enlist in the military, Katrisha jokingly says, “I was 17, my best friend was enlisting, and my mom didn’t want me to. What other reasons does a 17-year-old need?”
In all seriousness, serving their country is a big part of her family’s history, and her relatives ultimately inspired her to join. Her great-grandmother was a nurse and worked with veterans stateside. Her great-grandfather served in the infantry during World War II. Her great-uncle served in the Army during Vietnam, and her grandfather served in the Army as well.
She chose the National Guard largely because of the education incentives, and after high school, she enrolled in the actuarial sciences program at the University of Minnesota.
Two-and-a-half years into her studies, her division was mobilized to Fort Lewis in Washington before being deployed to Iraq.