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Kristen Tsetsi
LIFT Founder and CEO

Kristen Tsetsi, author of the war novel Pretty Much True… (Sept. 20, 2011), lived in Germany from the age of seven to the age of nineteen. Since returning to the States in 1994, she’s lived in the Midwest, the Southeast, the Northeast, back to the Southeast, and then back to the Northeast, where she currently resides.

She is a former reporter for the Journal Inquirer newspaper, a former Women’s eNews correspondent, a former Austin Peay State University adjunct English professor, former Clarksville, Tenn. cab driver, an award-winning fiction writer, co-editor of the literary journal American Fiction,
and senior editor at a small New England publishing company.

Her husband served on active duty for fourteen years. He deployed once to Iraq and once
to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. He is currently a National Guard Company Commander.

Learn more about Kristen and how LIFT began in an interview conducted by author R.J. Keller,
and in an interview conducted by Left Face Blog.

If you would like to know more about LIFT volunteer opportunities, request reprint permission, or if your company is interested in providing sponsorship, please contact LIFT founder Kristen Tsetsi (pronounced TET-see) at


Tera Marie
LIFT Co-creator & Designer

Tera carries the unique perspective of having been in nearly every type of military family. From military brat, to enlisted soldier, to dual military family, to enlisted wife, to officer’s wife and mother of three – she brings to LIFT an undaunted passion for military families and the United States Military as a whole.


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