Eric “Buzz” Hoffman knows about service. Service to his country, service to his fellow veterans and service as a family tradition.
Hoffman served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, and, since 2019, continues to serve his country as a team leader for Peerless Technologies Corporation, supporting the Global Strike Command’s Standoff Munitions Applications Center at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.
Since 2016, Hoffman has worked with Every Warrior, a non-profit organization serving military members, veterans, families, and the community with a wide array of services.
Hoffman, an Every Warrior Vice President, recently received the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award for the Global Strike Command. The award is designated to recognize and reward an individual or organization demonstrating exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concern for members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their families.
“Buzz exhibits his personal qualities of patriotism, generosity, and selfless dedication every day to the members of the Armed Forces and others through his never-ending humanitarian commitment,” said Peerless Vice President Don Spain, who oversees the company’s Global Strike Command efforts.
For Hoffman, service has become a family affair. His son Baron, 9, received a Presidential Service Award Gold Medal for his volunteer work (as did Hoffman). Daughter Emma, 18, received a Bronze Medal.
About Every Warrior
Founded in 2015, Every Warrior is a network of military members, families, and community that serves the military community through four specific approaches:
- Support for individuals, married couples, and deployed families through spiritual, physical, and emotional support.
- Connection between the military and civilian communities by providing resources and networking to help people feel at home, easily find recreation, counselors, friends, churches, gyms, restaurants, etc.
- Equipping the military community with one-on-one mentorship, personal development, and conferences, to grow personally, and within the community.
- Mobilization of volunteers to share their stories and provide physical, emotional, or financial support.
“We don’t get bogged down over analyzing our ‘proper response’ – we make sure we act,” Hoffman said. “That action is based on our warrior families’ feedback to us because we are right there when life hits them between the eyes.”
Hoffman first became involved with Every Warrior in 2016, when the remains of a Marine killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 were located. Hoping to raise funds to help the fallen Marine’s last living relative attend the reinternment of his remains on U.S. soil, Hoffman began contacting veteran support organizations. Despite the relatively small amount needed, Hoffman struck out – until he approached Every Warrior, which immediately stepped up.
Every Warrior has a team of regular volunteers and one Department of Defense SkillBridge intern, as well as an Advisory Board and a Board of Directors.
Every Warrior also offers a temporary furniture program for relocating families, and an array of other services to help the military community. Currently, Every Warrior is currently providing donations, volunteers, and financial assistance for those affected by Hurricane Ida.
“Buzz’s reach has no boundaries,” Spain said, “and his impact is tremendous to those around him.”