ABOUT US

"We want to recognize our military, and we want to make sure they have the chance to visit home."

- Larry Jackson, Founder

About 7 weeks before Ben Jackson passed away, he surprised his family and friends with his first visit home in 14 months, and his first since arriving at his first permanent duty station-Misawa Air Base, Japan-where he was serving in the US Air Force. Ben's family and friends will always cherish memories of that visit.

Because of the generosity of so many, and as a way to say "thank you" to the young men and women that have chosen to enlist in the US military, the Ben Jackson Foundation helps these young people visit family and friends while serving at their first permanent duty station, wherever that may be.

What we do.

Flights and other travel expenses make up a substantial portion of what younger enlisted personnel earn in a month. We want to make sure that new military members are able to take a trip home to see family and friends, especially when they are first starting out and a long way from home.

Those enlisted in any branch of the US Military are eligible to receive a Ticket Home Award from the Ben Jackson Foundation. This is our commitment to support them. Once they get to their first permanent duty station and then return home, they are eligible to receive payment for the Ticket Home Award.

Have you enlisted, or are you thinking about it?

Why we do it.

We owe a debt of gratitude to these young people, those who are not typically eligible for academic scholarships due to the path they have chosen. It is our hope that this small token of our appreciation and financial assistance will help make it possible for them to visit home.

It's our way of giving back to those who have made the commitment to serve on behalf of all of us.

Want to help us accomplish our mission?

How we do it.

We review hundreds of applications every month. While everyone that serves is deserving of a Ticket Home Award, we narrow down our list of applicants to select an average of 10 service members per month.

We also work with local media make people aware of the amazing men and women that have made this choice to serve our country, and we promote awareness of their service on social media and community events.

Want to see what they are doing for us?

Where do we get our funding?

Quite simply, we get our funding from you.

Many generous people donated to the Ben Jackson Foundation after Ben died. We wanted to use those funds to give back to those military personnel like Ben. We work hard to raise additional funds to continue to provide Tickets Home to as many people as we can.

Please consider supporting us financially.

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The Ben Jackson Foundation Team

Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson

President
Larry is the Co-Founder and President of the Ben Jackson Foundation and is Ben's dad. He is a Navy veteran, former teacher, and has led numerous projects in the healthcare IT space over the past fifteen years.

Jen Jackson

Director of Development
Jen is the Co-Founder and Director of Development for the Ben Jackson Foundation and is Ben's mom.

Rob Yeiser

Vice President
Rob has been a member of the Ben Jackson Foundation board since our inception. Rob has a background in finance and has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years.

Mary Brown

Director
Mary Brown is a pastor and professional fundraiser who is Ben's cousin.

Wenesday Traylor

Director
Wenesday is an Air Force Veteran with 30 years of Aircraft Maintenance and First Sergeant experience. She was blessed to work with Ben in Japan and her First Sergeant background gives her a unique understanding of the need for personnel resilience that this foundation helps to provide.

Brittany Winkers

Secretary
Brittany's husband was a recipient of a Ticket Home Award when he joined the Air Force in 2020. Since then, she actively supports the foundation in many ways including social media fundraising events.

Emily Shea

Director of Marketing
Emily has been an active member of the Ben Jackson Foundation team since our inception and is Ben's aunt. She has assisted with social media, printed material, fundraising events, and merchandise sourcing.

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