Green Beret Turned Community Leader


Tuesday September 19, 2023

Benjamin Bunn is a testament to the unwavering commitment and selflessness of military veterans. After serving as a Green Beret and Infantry Officer for 17 years, Benjamin transitioned to civilian life in 2016, but his dedication to service did not end with his military career. Instead, he channeled his skills, leadership, and passion into significantly impacting his community and fellow veterans’ lives.

During his military career, Benjamin Bunn completed numerous deployments in support of the Global War on Terror. He served in some of the world’s most challenging and volatile regions, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Baltics, contributing to stability operations in Eastern Europe. This experience honed his leadership skills and instilled a deep sense of duty and service.

In the civilian world, Benjamin’s remarkable journey continued. He became the owner of Cigar City CrossFit, a fitness facility that promotes physical health and serves as a hub for community engagement. Benjamin also holds several Director-level positions across multiple businesses and enterprises, including Bravo Sierra, Cold Zero Spirits, and Warrior Rising. His extensive management experience in the military and business worlds equipped him with the tools to drive success in various industries.

Benjamin is not only a business leader but also a dedicated family man. He is a loving father to a 4-year-old son and a devoted husband to his wife, Samantha. His commitment to family values reflects his character and the principles instilled in him during his military service.

His tireless commitment to giving back to the community and supporting fellow veterans sets Benjamin apart. He regularly volunteers his time, facility, and coaching expertise to the James A. Haley VA Hospital’s domiciliary and polytrauma programs, positively impacting the lives of veterans in need.

Benjamin’s passion for fitness and helping others extends to adaptive athletes in the broader Tampa community. Holding a CrossFit Adaptive athlete coaching certification, he has worked with adaptive athletes, exemplifying the power of determination and resilience.

His involvement with veteran-focused non-profits such as the Green Beret Foundation, Team RWB, The Yellow Ribbon Fund, Companions For Heroes, and Warrior Rising highlights his dedication to supporting those who have served. Benjamin currently serves as the Director of Business Development and Fund Management at Warrior Rising, where he plays a pivotal role in advancing its mission.

Since leaving active duty, Benjamin has raised more than $1.5 million for veteran service organizations, contributing to both local and national efforts. His fundraising efforts have provided critical support to organizations like the Green Beret Foundation, Warrior Rising, Team RWB,  and more.

Notably, he has volunteered his time to MacDill AFB SOCOM to support their health and wellness initiatives, further solidifying his commitment to the military community.

Benjamin Bunn’s journey from Green Beret to community leader is a shining example of how veterans continue to serve and inspire long after their military service. His dedication to family, community, and his fellow veterans is a powerful reminder of the lasting impact one can make through leadership, selflessness, and unwavering commitment to a more significant cause. Benjamin’s story is about resilience, service, and the transformative power of giving back.

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