Overnight Open Thread: “If Anything Ever Happens To Me…”: Fallen Navy Seal Inspires Parents Mission To Give Back
Navy Seal Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall was killed in Afghanistan doing the job that he always wanted to do. His legacy is “The Jonas Project”, a firm that his parents set up in Jonas’ honor to help veterans finance businesses when they complete their service.
John Kelsall’s grief is masked by pride as he shows off the trident pin his son Jonas earned when he became a U.S. Navy SEAL. “It’s one of my most prized possessions,” he says.
“Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall was killed in action during a mission in Afghanistan in 2011 that took the lives of 30 Americans and a military service dog.
“He said, ‘If anything ever happens to me, know I’m doing what I love with the guys I love doing it with. And I wouldn’t want to do anything else,’” his father says.
Following his death, his parents established a nonprofit in his honor to give back to those who have served their country.
John and Teri Kelsall spoke with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric about The Jonas Project and its mission to help returning veterans launch and grow their own businesses.
“The mentor is the most vital part of the program,” Teri Kelsall told Couric. “It’s a two-year commitment on the mentor’s part, who is a volunteer.”
“We want our veterans to feel like they can continue contributing in a positive way and still pursue their passion,”
says Jonas’ sister, Kim Kelsall Dossett, who is also a member of the Jonas Project’s team.”