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2022 Recipient

Benjamin Barkoff

New York, NY | 17

2022 Award Recipient

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 a 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. In the years ahead, Whiskey Bravo will expand its reach outside of schools and strengthen partnerships with other military support organizations, deepening ties with those who have served.

Whiskey Bravo

Benjamin was first captivated by the concept of tzedakah, or charity, during preschool. He emptied his piggy bank to donate to an organization supporting wounded veterans. As he learned more about the work and sacrifice of military members, Benjamin created Whiskey Bravo to support the less than 1% of Americans who volunteer to serve in the armed forces, some of whom make the ultimate sacrifice.