Michael Jernigan is most of the way through his cross-country project to honor the U.S. military with sculptures, operating out of a mobile studio provided by Goshen’s Keystone RV. Above, Jernigan talked about his mission in Goshen before setting out in July, 2011 (Truth file photo).
Below, he met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Scott’s wife, Ann, at the Florida State Capitol earlier this month during Florida National Guard Day (photo courtesy of Jernigan’s blog).
Jernigan spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan, deciding to use his skills to honor 21 members of the U.S. military, an idea that came about after he saw a headline critical of Gen. David Petraeus.
He roughed the sculptures out, and then Keystone leased him an Outback 280 RS, which has a garage in the front in which he mounted a sculpting chair and equipment. They charged a token lease of $10 in 2011, giving him use of the RV through the end of this coming August.
“Mike wrote us a letter back in early 2011 in which he described his passion for sculpting our military individuals and asked if we could help in setting him up with one of our RVs to use as a mobile studio,” said Jim Mac, Keystone spokesman. “We were touched by his commitment to our veterans and felt we could help. One of our graphics suppliers, Sharpline contributed the design, materials and installation of the graphics that you see on the trailer.
“In short, we felt we wanted to support our military and this was one way would could do it,” Mac said.