Legacy of Honor, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Hancock, NY. It was formed in 2017 with the following four-part mission:
- To honor the legacy of SSG Justin Whiting, killed in action in Iraq on 19 January 2008.
- To support programs and initiatives that support military veterans and their families.
- To support programs that promote and deepen patriotism, including local and regional school-based programs.
- To support awards to high school seniors who enlist in a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Meet SSG Justin Whiting
Justin grew up in Hancock, NY and graduated from Hancock Central School in June 1999.
He enlisted in the Army in 1999 as a Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic and was assigned to the 4th Infrantry Division at Fort Hood, TX.
Justin volunteered for Special Forces duty and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2004. He served as the Medical Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 582, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed with ODA-582 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) II and IIF III. After serving his first enlistment, SSG Whiting was honorably discharged from the Army and returned home to Hancock.
Several months after being discharged, Justin again enlisted to be assigned back to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Once again, he was called upon to deploy to Iraq (in support of OIF V) where he gave his life on the 19th of January 2006, near the city of Mosul, Iraq.
Justin is buried in the French Woods Community Cemetery near the family farm in the town of Hancock, NY.