Flagler County Veteran of the Week: Joseph Buccini

Thank you for your example of service and bravery.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. September 8, 2023
Joseph Buccini. Courtesy photo
Joseph Buccini. Courtesy photo
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Joseph M. Buccini

  • Branch of Military: U.S. Army / Florida Army National Guard (retired)
  • Dates of Service: 2002-2017
  • Rank/Occupation: Staff Sergeant/Infantryman, Chemical Operations Specialist
  • Hometown: Elkridge, Maryland
Joseph Buccini. Courtesy photo

Joseph Buccini is a multiple-tour combat veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, having served four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. He spent one particular tour as a door gunner on a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, crisscrossing the combat airspace of Iraq and then Afghanistan. The toll of combat required his medical retirement, but “Booch,” as he is affectionately known, has never stopped serving. He founded and proudly operates a disabled veteran and veteran-family-owned promotional products company right here in Palm Coast, called Still Serving Promos. Buccini also founded a charitable corporation called Hookin’ Veterans with another veteran and friend in North Carolina. Through their many sponsors and contacts, they charter high-end deep fishing tours for disabled veterans. Many veterans from Flagler County have participated. Buccini has organized a comedy night fundraiser for VFW Post 8696 and DAV Chapter 86 to take place at the VFW on Oct. 6 and 7. Buccini is a life member of both organizations and encourages you to come out, laugh, have a good time and support veterans. The show is headlined by Bobby Henline, a nationally well-known comedian and motivational speaker. Henline is a former U.S. Army soldier himself who was severely burned in 2007, when the Humvee he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device on patrol in Iraq and exploded in flames.

Need help with Veteran Services?

For information about support organizations and resources available to veterans, call 386-313-4014.


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