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A Heartwarming Walls of Honor Event for Wounded U.S. Army CPT Jason Church

March 14th, 2023


The Gary Sinise Foundation recently hosted a memorable Walls of Honor Ceremony for wounded U.S. Army Captain Jason Church. During this special event for Jason, family, and friends took time to write special messages of love, support, and gratitude on the walls of Jason's future specially adapted smart-technology home, custom-built to fit Jason’s needs.

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On August 23, 2012, retired U.S. Army Captain Jason Church was on his first deployment to Afghanistan. While conducting a routine patrol with his unit, it quickly became clear that Jason and the others were walking into an ambush and were standing in a field of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Sensing the urgency to vacate the area, Jason attempted to knock over a wall to create an escape route. Unfortunately, when doing so, a loud explosion rang out, knocking Jason unconscious for a few seconds. Waking up from the blast, Jason quickly realized that the IED had severed both of his legs below the knee. With the help of both his unit and their medic, Jason was transferred to a MEDEVAC site and eventually to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Upon arriving at Walter Reed, Jason spent two and half months in in-patient care while enduring 20 surgeries to save his legs and his life.

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Born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Jason was raised by his parents Dave and Barb Church. Jason's father, Dave, served in the U.S. Army and transitioned to the U.S. Army Reserves following Jason's birth. After many moves, Jason's family settled in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where Jason spent most of his adolescence. Like many, Jason was involved in sports and spent much of his time playing football and hockey. While enrolled in college, he joined the Army ROTC program, and commissioned in 2011 after graduation. Jason is a third-generation soldier.

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Jason moved from La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Fort Benning, Georgia, for military education, going through infantry officer basic leader course, Ranger School, and Airborne School. After graduating from these schools, Jason moved to Fort Lewis, Washington, where shortly after his arrival, he deployed to Afghanistan.

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Today, Jason is retired from the U.S. Army and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin- Madison and graduated with his law degree. In his off time, Jason enjoys traveling, fishing, and spending time with his family. As he continues to pursue his dreams, the Gary Sinise Foundation, with the support and generosity of the American people, is honored to build Jason a specially adapted smart-technology home, custom-made to fit his needs. This home will ease Jason’s daily struggles and both support and empower his freedom and independence.

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GSF is extremely thankful for all our national R.I.S.E. partners for dedicating their time, energy, and resources to the construction of the Church home.

Thanks to Marcus Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, Sunbelt Rentals, Semper Fi & America's Fund, Shubert Design Furniture, Owens Corning, Nice, Huber Engineered Woods, Benjamin Moore, Amazon, MAPEI, Broan-Nutone, North American Van Lines, US LBM, Daltile, Builders First Source, Installed Building Products, American Tire Distributors, Encore Wire, Harris Rebar, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Rheem, Simple Green, National Wood Flooring Association, Natural Stone Institute, National Tile Contractors Association, National Association of Home Builders, Schulte Roth Zabel, Wisconsin Building Supply, Duke Cannon Supply Co., and Highland Builders.

Written by Nathan Davidson