Barry was honored when they asked him to march with other veterans in the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but in a typical Barry-like fashion he somehow ended up leading the entire parade alongside New York City mayor Bloomberg, the Cardinal and one other dignitary. The NYC Fox Television Station, Fox 5, assuming Barry was a VIP, followed him for five blocks. This video shows one of the interviews they conducted.

“It really was one of the highlights of my life—millions of people waving and cheering as I walked up the street in my dress blues holding a copy of Semper Cool,” Barry said. “How often does a normal person like me get to lead the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade?”

Veteran Gives Back to Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan

Posted on November 2, 2011


Veteran Gives Back to Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan

“Semper Cool” is sweeping the Nation and Giving Needed Support to Those Wounded in War.

Bardonia, NY—  Barry Fixler, Marine Veteran from Viet Nam, touches the lives of returning wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan through his Million Dollar Challenge/Semper Cool Campaign. All of the royalties from Semper Cool, a Marine’s fond memories of Viet Nam, are being distributed directly to wounded troops and their families.

Fixler was one of the small group of Marines who fought the Siege of Khe Sanh, and his memories from that historic battle are among the many dramatic, harrowing and sometimes humorous stories that he shares in Semper Cool.

“My goal is to raise at least $1 MILLION for wounded combat veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Fixler. “Well meaning individuals have cautioned that publicly stating a goal may be perceived as naive or pretentious—or both. I say “You’re under estimating America!” It may be MY goal today, but I’m not doing it alone.

I have already, with the help of the great Americans and patriots in my home county, raised more than $100,000 for one wounded warrior. When America gets behind this entertaining book and this great cause Our One Million Dollar goal will seem too low.”

Fixler has helped wounded troops across the country. Brendon Morrocco (ARMY) of Staten Island needed funds to furnish his new house and The Fixler Foundation made a $5,000 donation that was used to help Brendon reach his goal. Brendon was the first quadruple amputee to survive such a horrific battlefield trauma. Brendon lost all four limbs on the battlefield.

Sgt. Eddie Ryan (USMC) of Ellenville, NY needed funds for traveling expenses to run in the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. Eddie was a Marine Corps sniper in Iraq who was shot twice in the head in a friendly fire incident. You can find his story in the last chapter of Semper Cool. Eddie completed the Marathon in a specially modified bike/hand-peddled-trike that was pushed by a USMC Staff Sergeant.

Unknown Soldier from New York returned home from Afghanistan to discover that his wife had left him and their two young children. He had no idea how to cope and with the emotional, financial and logistical challenges he suddenly faced and was contemplating suicide. Colonel JackHussey (ARMY) called Fixler.  The Colonel had a check from Fixler in his hand that afternoon. Today that young soldier is doing well. There are more stories like the ones listed above.

“It’s all about giving back,” said Fixler. Once a Marine always a Marine and we never forget. Its important to take care of our wounded warriors and their families.

Fixler has established a non-profit organization called The Barry Fixler Foundation (BFF). All of the royalties from Semper Cool are paid to BFF, which will then distributes the money to directly to wounded troops and their families, and to select nonprofit organizations on a case-by-case basis.

For information on Barry Fixler, BFF, and Semper Cool log on to

To arrange an interview with Barry Fixler or any of the wounded warriors he has helped please contact or at 845-624-7100.