Author Archives: Joseph Badal

Everyday Hero: Benny Adkins

April 1, 2016 I have read and I have seen acts of heroism and gallantry that have always amazed me. But every once in a while an individual seems to break the definition of “Hero” in such a way as to make the word insufficient to describe what he has done. Bennie Adkins is just that sort of individual. After fifty years, Adkins was finally recognized for his service in Vietnam; service that will go down in history as not just heroic, but also almost Continue reading →

Everyday Heroes: Those Who Served in Vietnam

Although the below video narrated by actor Sam Elliot, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, is a bit dated, I thought you might enjoy it for several reasons. For those of you who served, it is a fitting tribute to your courage and willingness to do so. For those of you who were unable or unwilling to serve, it provides information which you probably were unaware of. It presents statistics that will shock you about the number of Americans—and foreign military personnel—who Continue reading →

9/11/12 Revisited

The subjects of my November 1, 2012 Everyday Heroes blog post were Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, two of the heroes of the terrorist attack against the United States’ embassy annex and CIA compound in Benghazi, Libya. I wrote about those two courageous men because they died in that attack while risking their lives to protect employees of the U.S. government, including Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and Foreign Service information Management Officer, Sean Smith, who also died that day. If you’ve been following Continue reading →

Everyday Heroes: Those Who Protect & Serve

I happened to read a blog post that was in response to the question: “How many police officers are killed in the United States?” The blog poster responded to this question with: “Not enough.” Not only is this posting uncivilized, it is just plain moronic. How any American could ignore the fact that policemen and women risk their lives every day to protect and serve Americans is beyond me. 2015 seemed to be the year to denigrate those who wear or carry a badge. Mass Continue reading →