"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.

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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.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Ben Jackson Foundation is to help newly enlisted members of the United States military reunite with their families.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where every member of our armed services can reunite with loved ones without added financial stress.

Our Values

  • Efficiency: The Ben Jackson Foundation recognizes the importance of maximizing the contributions of our donors for those we serve. We will seek to minimize our expenses and operate as efficiently as possible in pursuit of our objectives while ensuring every application is carefully considered.
  • Gratitude: We are grateful for our beneficiaries' service and are honored to spread Ben's legacy by helping them.  We recognize the critical role all of our donors play and are grateful for their support. We appreciate the trust you place in us with your donations.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: The Ben Jackson Foundation works to develop a culture of inclusion and recognizes the diversity of all. We celebrate the unique differences of our donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries.

A Gift of a Lifetime

A brief overview of the Ben Jackson Foundation - who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Statistics up through November 2021

The Ben Jackson Foundation Team

Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson

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.

Wenesday Traylor

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 Kiefer

Director and Secretary
Brittany has been exposed to a variety of different lifestyles in the military firsthand. While living near Luke AFB in Arizona for the last two years, she has proudly been a part of the Ben Jackson Foundation assisting in various areas in social media, fundraising events, and product development.
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Teri Angell

Teri works as a software product lead and has an MBA in nonprofit management. Her grandfather, uncle, and father served in various branches of the military.
Rick Desens

Rick Desens

Rick is a Human Resource professional with over 25 years of experience in all facets of the HR field.
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Laura Curry

Laura has over 20 years experience in non-profit finance, accounting and bookkeeping. Her passion for the Foundation comes in part because of her many extended family members in the military including three currently active members, and going back to her Grandfather, Albert Miller, who was Mounted Cavalry in WWI.

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