About Jason Church
Jason Church grew up in Menomonie, Wisconsin and graduated from Menomonie High School 2007. He went to college at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where he was a four-year letter winner in football and a cadet in the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Program) program. Upon graduation with a degree in political science, Jason commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Jason began his officer training at Fort Benning, GA. While stationed there, he graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School, Army Airborne School, and Stryker Leader Course.
Upon completion of his training, Jason moved to a unit based out of Fort Lewis, WA. In May 2012, Second Lieutenant Church deployed with this unit to Afghanistan. On the August 23, 2012, in Panjwai (Pan-JA-Way) province, Jason and nine other members of his platoon were involved in an IED explosion. The IED blast resulted in the amputation of both legs below the knee. Jason went through 21 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. On July 31, 2014, First Lieutenant Church received his promotion to Captain and medically retired from the U.S. Army.
Jason graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service and from Wisconsin Law School with a Juris Doctor. Jason also serves on the board of directors for Sentinels of Freedom; a foundation to assist severely wounded post 9/11 veterans.
Captain Church (Retired.)’s military awards include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Airborne Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. He received the 2014 NCAA Inspiration Award and inducted into the Army ROTC National Hall of Fame, UW La Crosse ROTC Hall of Fame, and WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) Hall of Fame.
Jason is engaged to marry his fiancé Bella Barbosa of Brazil.