Melissa Jarboe and the Military Veteran Project

Story #25
Air Date: January 1, 2014

Almost 3 years ago, a sniper in Afghanistan shot Melissa Jarboe’s husband Jamie. The bullet severed his spinal cord and he was left as a quadriplegic. After months in the hospital they found out he was terminal. Jamie asked Melissa to promise him she would help care for his fellow service members.

Melissa used his life insurance money to fulfill his dying wish. She started the Jamie Jarboe Foundation, now called the Military Veteran Project.

One of her biggest projects was to organize Topeka Kansas’ first ever Veterans Day parade, which was a huge success with around 2,000 veterans and supporters participating.

Through her non-profit, Melissa also works with veterans daily, often visiting local VA Hospitals.

Melissa plans to take the $50,000 5-hour ENERGY® Helps Amazing People surprised her with to fund warrior retreats and launch a patriotic paws program for veterans with PTSD through the Military Veteran Project.

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11 Responses to Melissa Jarboe and the Military Veteran Project

  1. Mary Melcher January 1, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    Oh My Goodness!! Melissa Jarboe IS an “Amazing Person”! I am humbled by her giving spirit. She is amazing.

    • dale January 4, 2014 at 1:30 am #

      yep she a great person

  2. Ruth Mitchell January 1, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Melissa truly IS an amazing person!!! Her dedication to her family, to the memory of her husband and to the work she chose to do in order to honor him is nothing short of awe- inspiring!! It is an honor to know her!!!
    God bless you Melissa for what you are doing for our military veterans and active duty men and women!!

  3. Jim Shaw January 1, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    God bless the people like Melissa Jarboe who do follow through with a dying wish, and thank you 5 hour energy for helping her. I’ve been watching your commercials, and this one brought a tear to my eye = God bless your company for stepping up and giving back, that really said something about your company.
    Thank You

  4. dale January 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    my best friend died in Afghanistan he was a marine and I am to I saw him get shot felt sad that when I saw the person that shot him I was so mad and angry because we were like brothers

  5. dale January 3, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    and god bless these men and women

  6. LTC James Are. Bratton, U.S. Army (AVR) January 4, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I, and my family, as well as anyone we can tell, are customers of 5 Hour Energy for as long as you are in business!

  7. Peaches Alexander January 6, 2014 at 1:57 am #



    This is a God Given Message of the name Melissa. Amen

  8. Tism Alexander January 6, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    Melissa’s story inspired my family to watch all 25 of 5 Hour Energy Helps Testimonies. We were crying and being thankful to God for all those amazing organizations that give back.

  9. geraldine ponzio January 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    How can I become an active participant in your program? Do u have active branches of your orgnization all over U.S.? Our government has treated our fighting men and women like dirt . This must change—NOW!

  10. Brice A. Cook January 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I would like for you to help bring a vets event like this one to West Palm Beach, Florida it would mean so much to all of the serves members that live work and play in Palm Beach County. We all love you tank you thank you thank you.

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