David Seelman

From: Shorewood, WI High School: Victor High School Class: 2013 Branch: United States Navy Why I decided to enlist in the military I chose to join the military specifically to increase the amount of drive I have, to work on myself, develop discipline, and ultimately set myself up for future success. Why I chose the…

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Seelman Sails off to Great Lakes

Introducing David Seelman, a recent transplant to Wisconsin from New York, and a recipient of a Ben Jackson Foundation Travel Award!  Seelman left for Navy basic training on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee.  However,…

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Isiah Brown

From: La Crosse, WI High School: Aquinas High School Class: 2016 Branch: United States Navy On Saturday, November 21, Brown was presented with a $500 travel award from the Ben Jackson Foundation to cover his flight expenses from Lemoore, CA, where he is currently stationed, to his hometown of La Crosse, WI. The financial gift,…

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Shover Looking to See the World

Jovan Shover, from Monticello High School is a recent recipient of a Ben Jackson Travel Award. Shover graduated in 2020, and was virtually presented with the award at the school’s online video awards presentation. Joining the Navy is something that has interested him for a while, and it lines up well with his goals. Shover…

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Jovan Shover

From: Monticello, WI High School: Monticello High School Class: 2020 Branch: United States Navy Why I decided to enlist in the military I enlisted in the military so that I could get a push in the right direction in life. I decided that I was going to enlist to help pay for college as well…

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Hunter Rose

Hunter is currently station on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), homeported in Japan. His parents, Elaine and Nick, were presented with his Travel Award and t-shirt on his behalf. Hunter is planning on making a trip home to Wisconsin near the end of the year. From: Monroe, WI High School: Monroe High School Class:…

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Benjamin Wentworth

From: Lodi, WI High School: Lodi High School Class: 2015 Branch: United States Navy Why I decided to enlist in the military To fight for my country and what I believe in. Why I decided to the Navy To travel the world and do something good for, and protect my country in the process. Basic…

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Mason Longseth

From: Verona, WI High School: Verona High School Class: 2017 Branch: United States Navy Why I decided to enlist in the military After a great deal of thought and consideration, I chose to enlist in the military for the many opportunities, including traveling abroad and education, afforded with my enlistment. Seeing the world is something…

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Ben Jackson Foundation Challenge Coin Unveiled

Challenges coins are specially designed coins that are a common way that members of military are recognized or honored. They are exchanged among service members and are often given to those who have made significant contributions to a cause or unit. We have commissioned the Ben Jackson Foundation Challenge Coin to honor those in military…

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