By Jim Willbanks
America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil battle to Afghanistan will pay tribute to american citizens who've proven unusual valor within the face of serious chance. The Medal of Honor recipients featured during this publication all acted heroically to earn this hugely coveted award, a lot of them by way of risking—or sacrificing—their lives to avoid wasting the lives of others. The tales of those individuals—chosen to mirror the huge range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, branches of carrier, and conflicts of the recipients—will develop readers' figuring out and appreciation of the Medal of Honor and the celebrated americans who've got it.In addition to the gripping tales of those heroic americans, this special encyclopedia contains an advent that chronicles the evolution within the award's value. The Medal of Honor has replaced vastly during the last a hundred and fifty years, not just within the layout of the actual ornament itself, but additionally when it comes to the qualifying standards for the award's recipients.
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Finally, on February 24, 1981, President Ronald Reagan presented the Medal of Honor to Benavidez in a White House ceremony. Shortly after the ceremony, the Social Security Administration, as part of costcutting moves, terminated Benavidez’s disability benefits, along with those of thousands of other veterans. ” Benavidez subsequently testified before the House Select Committee on Aging about how veterans needed their benefits to get by. Shortly thereafter, his Social Security benefits were reinstated when the Social Security Administration abandoned the effort to terminate veterans’ disability benefits.
James H. Willbanks Further Reading Collier, Peter, and Nick Del Calzo. Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor beyond the Call of Duty. New York: Artisan, 2006. , Jr. Heroes of Our Time: 239 Men of the Vietnam War Awarded the Medal of Honor 1964–1972. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2004. Murphy, Edward F. Vietnam Medal of Honor Heroes. New York: Ballantine Books, 2005. Barfoot, Van T. Born: June 15, 1919 Died: Home State: Mississippi Barfoot, Van T. | Service: Army Conflict: World War II Age at Time of Award: 25 Van T.
Jr. colonel in 1974. Barfoot served as the military advisor to the Virginia National Guard. On September 27, 2007, he attended the dedication of a Veterans Administration (VA) Alzheimer’s unit at the VA center that bears his name. The Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richamond houses 160 patients. At the dedication, Barfoot gave a speech where he emphasized his determination to spend his remaining years supporting soldiers and veterans. In October 2009, Mississippi named a section of State Highway 16 “Van T.