Veteran Profile: Ryan Neville

They started as pen pals. Ryan and Alexa Neville began exchanging letters while Ryan was deployed to Iraq with Alexa’s brother-in-law Caleb.

“We got to know each other a lot better by writing each other,” Ryan said of their pen pal courtship. “You can just be completely honest and actually get to know somebody.”

Seven months later, they went on their first date, to Pizza Hut. Ryan was attending training in Iowa close enough to where Alexa was in college that she baked cookies and went to meet him.

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