Teens honor grandfather, giving nearly $11k in mitzvah coins in his bar to Wounded Warriors of Collier County


Herman Kaufman lives to honor his name. The 13-year-old boy was named after his grandfather – a pilot in the US Army Air Force during World War II.

Herman has never seen his name again since his grandfather died a year before he was born.

But his stories continue.

“They were about to be shot down in Czechoslovakia and a level bombing. And since we are of Jewish origin, if they are captured by the Nazis, they will be sent to concentration camps. So he had to throw away his dog tag.” Herman said. speak. “He told the crew he was going to throw his dog tag, and then the crew said, no, we’re going to throw our dog tag out because we’re all part of this together.”

Military dog ​​tags at the time had a lot of personal information on the soldier, so for Herman, the H on it stood for Hebrew, the A for his blood type, and then there his serial number.

Herman wears the dog tag around his neck everywhere, saying, “I wear it when I go to bed, I wear it when I shower, and any other time.”

He decided to honor his grandfather, and his service to his country, by donating 50% of his bar mitzvah to the Wounded Warriors of Collier County.

Specifically Alpha House.

This amounts to almost $11,000.blank

Dale Mullin, W injured Warriors of Collier County president, said, “I was just blown away by that act of kindness and generosity because that’s something you don’t see in a 13-year-old today. Those 13-year-olds want to hold every nickel they have.”

Herman just said, “Hopefully these dollars can improve this life, make their life better, help pay any bills they need, just generally make their lives better. they’re easier.”

Herman’s dad, Edward, told us his dad would be very proud. “He was always concerned with what was right and what was wrong, and always stood up to point it out when something wasn’t fair.”

And now that’s Herman’s call.

With Herman’s donation of nearly $11,000 to Collier County Wounded Warriors, the money will be used to help veterans get back to normal.blank

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