Institute for Reforming Government: Jason Church Joins WRI as Community Outreach Relay

Madison, Wis. — Today, the Institute for Reforming Government announced an expansion of its community outreach efforts with the addition of U.S. Army veteran Jason Church. As a Community Outreach Fellow, Jason will play a pivotal role in strengthening WRI’s ties with reformist conservative activists across the state, connecting politics to the people it serves.

Additionally, Jason will lead the development of a political reform agenda to improve the lives of Wisconsin veterans, particularly as they relate to their mental health.

“It is a privilege to join the WRI team and work on common issues affecting the people of Wisconsin. Veterans and mental health issues are personally important to me because I have seen firsthand the negative consequences of bad policies,” said Jason Church. “For too long, we have taken these issues for granted. I look forward to building consensus to learn more about the problems facing our state and their potential solutions. Together, we can move Wisconsin forward.

“I am honored to announce the addition of distinguished veteran Jason Church to the team,” said WRI President CJ Szafir. “Between his military service, his passion for helping the veteran community and improving mental health, and the growth of the grassroots conservative movement, Jason will play a vital role in helping to advance our reforms in every corner of the State.”

Jason began his U.S. Army officer training at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2011. While there, he graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School, Army Airborne School, and Stryker Race leader.

In May 2012, Second Lieutenant Church deployed with this unit to Afghanistan. On August 23, 2012, Jason and nine other members of his platoon were involved in an IED explosion. The IED blast resulted in the amputation of both of Jason’s legs below the knee. He underwent 21 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. On July 31, 2014, First Lieutenant Church was promoted to Captain and medically retired from the United States Army.

Jason graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2011 with a degree in political science. He earned his Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his Juris Doctor from Wisconsin Law School. Jason currently sits on the board of Sentinels of Freedom, a foundation to help veterans seriously injured after 9/11.

Jason currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Bella.

For more on this exciting announcement, tune in to WTMJ’s Steve Scaffidi Show at 10:45 a.m. this Monday, February 14.

The press release is available here.

Jerry B. Hatch