Headshot Photo of Benjamin Barkoff
2022 Award Recipient


Project Whiskey Bravo

Location New York, NY

Issue Area Civic Engagement | Philanthropy

An active supporter of wounded veterans from a young age, Benjamin dedicated years to learning about the experience of military members and the challenges they face in transitioning to civilian life after the incredible sacrifices of active duty. Benjamin founded Whiskey Bravo with the goal of teaching as many of his peers as possible about the importance of the U.S. military, in which only 1% of Americans volunteer to serve. Through unique service projects supporting wounded veterans and Gold Star families, Whiskey Bravo creates young leaders with an appreciation of the sacrifice made by military members and their families.

Through Whiskey Bravo’s educational programs and care package deliveries, hundreds of students have realized their potential to have an impact on those who have served. Entirely student-led and organized, Whiskey Bravo has created clubs at five different schools, recruited well over 100 volunteers, and has connected at least 1,500 students with speakers to share the experience of military members and veterans.

Our focus is to connect students with the military, building bonds that last a lifetime, affecting both military personnel and students.

Benjamin Barkoff
Four young volunteers at a Veterans Day booth.

Whiskey Bravo


As a supporter of wounded veterans from a young age, Benjamin saw that his peers didn’t understand the experience of Americans who serve in the military. By creating Whiskey Bravo, he set out to strengthen these bonds and leverage the power of young leaders to support communities in need. Whether delivering meals to veterans or organizing activities with the children of parents deployed or killed in action, Benjamin and the 100+ volunteers who have joined him have had a significant positive impact. As Whiskey Bravo grows in its reach, more veterans and their families receive much-needed support, and student leaders continue to honor and recognize the sacrifice of those who gave all.

A group of teens wearing Whiskey Bravo shirts stand outside with their arms around each other.
Whisky Bravo logo
Benjamin Barkoff sitting on a park bench.
Benjamin Barkoff standing by a fence alongside a river.