On Friday, November 15 during the team's Salute to Service Week, the Rams and SoCal Honda recognized the third Community Quarterback of 2019, BARBARA BARNETT.
Under the impression that she was arriving at LAX to see the TSA Chorus sing God Bless America, Barnett was surprised to see the Rams mascot and Cheerleaders there to join her. She was also surprised when she heard her name called, was presented with a $10,000 check donation and invited to the Sunday Night Football contest in recognition for her service to her community. At Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Rams cheerleaders and Rampage joined Barnett in greeting service men and women who were arriving in Los Angeles to celebrate the holidays with their families.
"Today is otherworldly, there are no words," said Barnett on her surprise recognition. "I knew that I had to be here. I was asked to come, and I said yes even though I was told very little. My husband knew a lot more, but the clam didn't open up, not even a little! This is all incredibly wonderful and overwhelming. I'm touched beyond words and I'm close to tears. I'm very grateful for this."
Barnett began volunteering at Bob Hope USO at LAX in 2011. Bob Hope USO provides assistance to service members to keep them connected to family, home and country throughout their service. She always arrives an hour early prior to her shift and in three years, Barnett became the coordinator of Families of the Fallen which helps families who have lost a family member make the transition through the airport more comfortable.
"She has been a volunteer since 2011 and has been leading Families of the Fallen since 2014, where she supports the families of those who have lost a family member during their service in the military," said Bob Hope USO at LAX Programs Manager Allison Anderson. "She leads a team that meets them at the gate and makes their travel through the airport a little bit easier and brings a little touch of home. We are thrilled that the LA Rams are recognizing her as the Community Quarterback."
Barbara Barnett is honored by the LA Rams and SoCal Honda Dealers as a Community QB for her contribution to Bob Hope USO!
As the coordinator of Families of the Fallen, she is at the forefront of caring for mourning families and stands by their side in the toughest of times. Barnett also works with other USOs around the world to coordinate and ensure that family members have assistance and support at every stop. Her team renders plane-side military honors to fallen service members, treating each hero with dignity, gratitude and respect as they make their final journey home.
"Veteran's day is very special to me, I'm very pro-military and so is my husband," said Barnett. "Having the Rams involved in this is wonderful because so many people love the game and respect the game. The Rams are setting a tone, which is very important, and people are wonderfully following that because it's a good thing to follow."
The Community Quarterback Award, presented by SoCal Honda Dealers, is a volunteer recognition and grant program that awards funding to deserving volunteers and the non-profits that they serve.
For more information about the Rams' community outreach initiatives, please visit www.therams.com/community.