Regarding the deaths of the two former Navy SEALs killed in the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11:
Being a 100-percent disabled Marine veteran of Vietnam, I have many medals that reflect my sacrifice for my country – which brings me to the reason for writing.
Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who died defending our country in a civilian capacity as security personnel, should not go unrecognized for their heroism and valor.
Their families should not have to bear the thought that their loved ones won’t be honored with a keepsake that they can hold to remind them of the heroes that they are. Therefore, through my congressional representatives, I have requested that they see to it that these two men receive the civilian Presidential Medal of Freedom, or a similar medal if there is one, to honor them and the others who died trying to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and protect our sovereign ground.
The political battle to get to the truth should not take precedence over the families who deserve to have their loved ones recognized.
Gregory J. Topliff