Jason Church, a retired Army officer and Purple Heart recipient shares his story of military service to now, as a full-time law student, at 2:30 p.m. April 20 at the Multicultural Center at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Church was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, on Feb. 23, 1989. In 2007, he graduated from Menomonie High School in Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in political science.

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He was a cadet in the ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army after graduation. Church completed Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and while stationed there, he graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School, Army Airborne School and Stryker Leader Course.

Upon completion of his training, Church was promoted to first lieutenant and assigned to Comanche Company, 1-23 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2 Infantry Division, based out of Fort Lewis, Washington.

In May 2012, his unit to Panjwai'I, Afghanistan. The unit's mission was to establish the legitimacy of government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and further develop the Afghan National Security Force.

On Aug. 23, 2012, in Panjwai'I, Afghanistan, Church and nine other members of his platoon were involved in an IED explosion. Church was immediately transported to Kandahar Air Field by helicopter. The IED blast resulted in the amputation of both legs below the knee. Church went through 21 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was promoted to captain and medically retired from the Army on July 31, 2014.

Jason graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Arts in security studies and is pursuing a law degree at the University of Wisconsin.