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Jennifer's Story

Estranged from her father. Went on to proudly serve her country.

Jennifer's life didn't truly come into focus until she came to Boys Town. ​​Once she accepted her new circumstances, she quickly realized how lucky she was to be part of a loving, caring family. Eventually, Jennifer graduated and ​joined the U.S. Navy, which took her around the world, further broadening ​​her horizons.


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When I first went into my family home, it was terrifying. I was with eight other girls that I didn't know. I had two new parents and an assistant that were there, and I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what was going to happen. I was just scared. Once I got past the being angry part, I loved this place. My family teachers were Mack and Carrie Stewart. And they're amazing. They were the first people that showed me what loving ​parents are like, and they just really made me feel special, and they made me feel loved. I was able to participate in sports, I was in ROTC, and I was in Voices, and I went to church, and I got to do things that I'd never done before.

I decided to join the military, because I didn't want to go home. Two weeks after I graduated from here, I left for boot camp for the Navy. What the military did for me, was I was just so used to a super structured environment from Boys Town. I feel like if I wouldn't have joined the Navy then I kind of would have fallen apart, because I didn't know which way to go. The Navy kept me in line and told me what to do, when to do it. I still needed that. I was in the Navy for 10 years, and I was stationed in San Diego, California the whole time. I did multiple deployments. I got to travel the world and see a lot of really cool things.

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