Keith Kurth grew up in a military family just outside Corpus Christi, Texas. His grandfather, father, uncle, and older brother all served in the military. At 17, Keith seized his opportunity to enlist. He graduated high school, woke up the next morning, and began basic training. Keith remained on active duty for the next 15 years.
Abroad, Keith exercised the leadership values his family exemplified for him. "I always felt like I had a responsibility to be a good role model to the younger guys and junior soldiers," he said. "You just have to stay positive, especially when there's not a lot of good going around." Keith's guidance inspired others and moved him up the ranks. Beginning as a gunner on an M1A1 Abrams tank, Keith was promoted to Tactical Human Intelligence Team Leader, and finished his service as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant.
Now a Veteran, Keith continues to mentor the youth in his community. He coaches two soccer teams and runs a volunteer program for elementary schools. "Most kids just need a good role model to succeed in life and I try to provide that." Keith also serves as an active member of the Masonic Lodge through which he works at veterinary hospitals, food banks, and cares for the sick and disabled children in his community.