Transcript of 2022 Awardee Benjamin Barkoff Video

2022 Awardee Benjamin Barkoff Video


This memorial is dedicated to a local hero, Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, who gave his life in Ramadi, Iraq, defending a platoon of Marines. He’s a hero of mine, and his story has inspired me my entire life and is the reason that Whiskey Bravo exists today.

Whiskey Bravo seeks to improve the lives of veterans, active military and their families. We have over a hundred volunteers, and some of our initiatives include serving meals to injured veterans, sending supplies overseas, fundraising campaigns, and assemblies at schools.

Another really important aspect of what we do is doing programming for Gold Star kids. A Gold Star family is a family who’s lost a loved one in service to our nation. We take Gold Star kids on fishing trips or camping trips, and our volunteers are able to build long-lasting relationships and continue those all year round. It starts out as a Whiskey Bravo initiative, but it really, in the end is just a friendship.

I’m proud to be able to have an impact on so many kids, and while we can never match the sacrifices that our military has made, we can do everything in our power to try.