Son-in-law inspires man to create ‘Jarhead Jerky’ for the troops

MEDFORD—Jim’s Jarhead Jerky started out as a two pound care package of beef jerky Jim Ewen sent last October to his new son-in-law, U.S. Marine Sgt. Tim Missel, who was stationed in Iraq. But once Missel and his fellow Marines tasted the homemade beef jerky, they couldn’t get enough of it.

“They loved it,” Missel, now back home in Medford recalls. “It’s filling, it tastes good and it has a long shelf life.”

Ewen, 55, of Medford, and his wife Joette happily obliged. Ewen, a Marine himself from 1972 to 1978, began contacting beef companies across the country via email asking for donations of beef for his jerky.

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