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Pasco Grad Returns For Veteran's Day Assembly as Private First Class

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Kane Kelley graduated from Pasco High School last year. Private Kelley returned to speak at a Veteran's Day assembly. Kane Kelley graduated from Pasco High School last year. Private Kelley returned to speak at a Veteran's Day assembly.

PASCO, WA. - The soldier who spoke at Friday's Veteran's day assembly at Pasco High School had an immediate bond with the students.

Kane Kelley graduated from Pasco High last year and right after enlisted in the army. Private First Class Kelley returned to tell the students at his alma mater what it's like serving his country.

"It's changed who I am as a person," Kelley says. "It gives you perspective and a whole different outlook for the little things back here at home."

Kelley was already serving in the National Guard during his senior year in high school. His parents had given him permission to enlist. He says he comes from a long line of veterans, with about 45 relatives who have served in one of the branches of the armed forces.

The Pasco graduate is training to become a helicopter pilot, and plans to attend college following his military service.

Kelley spoke at two assemblies held in the school's auditorium. The assembly was one of several that were held Friday at all elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the Pasco School District. The students have Monday off.  

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