State Sr Vice Commander - Army
Jason E. Johns is the first Post 9/11 Veteran to be elected state Junior Vice-Commander for the VFW-Department of Wisconsin, reflecting the membership's embracing our next generation into command leadership roles. He served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves from 1994-2002 while attending college and law school. In February 2003 he re-enlisted to for an active duty tour in Iraq where he served as a motor transportation operator in a combat engineer unit attached to the 4th Infantry Division. He returned home to Wisconsin in May 2004 having earned numerous decorations including the Purple Heart medal and Combat Action Badge.
Jason is a Gold Legacy Life Member of Post 328-Stoughton, Wisconsin's "Mother Post" and is part of the Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent 41. His service to the VFW over the years includes serving as an all-state Post Commander, Department Legislative, POW/MIA and Bylaws committees, as well as serving as a member of the National Homeland Security & National Defense committee.
JVC Johns has been serving his fellow Veterans since his return to civilian life. He has over 13 years of experience and proven success withVeterans legislative advocacy at the state and federal levels. He has served as the Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and represents Veterans with their appeals in front of the VA's Board of Veterans Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Jason is a military history buff who is excited to be the Vice-President of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Board of Directors. He is an active outdoorsmen who is passionate about providing opportunities for his fellow veterans to experience the mental health healing powers of hunting & fishing. An enthusiastic rider of his Harley Davidson, Jason founded the Wisconsin Chapter of the Purple Heart Riders in 2014 and serves on the advisory board of Hogs for Heroes of WI-a nonprofit organization that provides new Harley Davidson motorcycles to injured veterans so they may get back on the road with their comrades, because: "4 wheels move the body but 2 wheels move the soul."