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June 17, 2020

The Ben Jackson Foundation is excited to introduce Travel Award Recipient Reagan Anderson.  Anderson is a 2018 graduate of Portage High School.   She left for Basic Training in Paris Island, SC in September 2018.  After completing Basic Training, she traveled to California for combat training, then she traveled to Fort Meade.  Although Anderson had intended…

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Heidl Heads to Air Force Basic Training

June 11, 2020

Introducing Andrew (Drew) Heidl, a 2020 graduate of DePere High School, and a recipient of a Ben Jackson Foundation Travel Award. Heidl is headed to basic training on Sunday, June 14, 2020 to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Like many high school graduates this year, due to the COVID-19 quarantine, Heidl missed…

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Paffel Prepares for the Army

June 6, 2020

Introducing Austin Paffel, a 2020 graduate of Juda High School and a recipient of a Ben Jackson Foundation Travel Award.  Paffel celebrated graduation Wednesday, June 3. Paffel will travel to Fort Jackson, SC for Basic Training on June 7.  Upon completion of Basic Training in August, Paffel will then travel to Fort Lee, VA for…

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Ellefson is Achieving Success in the Marines

May 24, 2020

Bailey Ellefson, a 2018 graduate of Janesville Parker High School, is one of our most recent Travel Award recipients.   He enlisted in the Marine Corps prior to his senior year in high school.  On July 29, 2018, he left for Basic Training at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA.  From there Ellefson went to Mississippi…

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McGill is Set to Leave for Basic Training

May 17, 2020

The Ben Jackson Foundation is pleased to introduce Antione McGill, one of our latest Travel Award recipients.  Antione is a 2019 graduate of Bigfoot High School in Walworth WI.  She has enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, which she chose because they push you harder physically.  McGill is scheduled to leave for boot camp on…

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Snell Gets An Early Start on Marine Corps Career

February 2, 2020

The Ben Jackson Foundation is excited to introduce it’s newest travel award recipient, Jaden Snell.  Snell is an early 2020 graduate of Edgerton High School.   Snell has enlisted in the Marine Corps and has a tentative leave date of February 10th.  Basic Training will be at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and will last 13…

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Varney Prepares for Next Step

January 22, 2020

The Ben Jackson Foundation is pleased to introduce Travel Award Recipient Ty Varney.   Varney is a 2017 graduate of Belleville High School and has been working towards a Criminal Justice degree from Madison Area Technical College.   He enrolled in college after graduation to pursue his degree, and is a member of the Belleville Fire Department.…

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Schiro Receives Travel Award

December 15, 2019

The Ben Jackson Foundation is excited to introduce our first Air National Guard Travel Award recipient, Nina Schiro! Nina is a 2019 graduate of New Glarus High School. Schiro chose the Air National Guard in part because it allows her to serve her country while attending college. Schiro is currently attending Loras College in Dubuque,…

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Garvoille Receives Travel Award

November 16, 2019

The Ben Jackson Foundation recently awarded a Travel Award to Harmon Garvoille, a 2018 graduate of Albany High School. After joining the Army, Garvoille left for Fort Jackson, South Carolina on January 15, 2019.  From Basic Training he went to Fort Eustice, Virginia for Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to become a Chinook helicopter mechanic.  Upon…

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Travel Award for O’Connell

November 12, 2019

The Ben Jackson Foundation recently awarded a Travel Award to Jackson O’Connell, a 2018 graduate of Wisconsin Heights High School. After graduation, O’Connell enlisted in the Marine Corps. He left for San Diego, CA to go to basic training on October 15, 2018. Upon graduation, prior to going to infantry training, he was able to…

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