Opelika Medal of Honor recipient meets with AL Rep. Mike Rogers

Opelika Medal of Honor recipient meets with AL Rep. Mike Rogers

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - East Alabama's Medal of Honor recipient, retired Command Sergeant Major Bennie Adkins, met with Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers in Lee County on Monday.

The men discussed issues facing veterans at the Congressmen's Third District Veterans Advisory meeting.

Adkins says veterans need to be better informed about services available to them, as well as transportation to get to those services. He also discussed the need to improve VA hospitals in Alabama.

The 81-year-old Vietnam hero from Opelika shared what Veterans Day means to him.

"It's a time to honor all of our men and women in uniform who are fighting down the line, and the importance of that," Adkins said.

"He is just a remarkable man and it's humbling to be the room with him when you look at his exploits in Vietnam, it's just humbling," Rogers said.

President Obama presented Adkins with the Medal of Honor last year, for his heroic actions back in 1966, when his camp was attacked by a large number of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.

He ran through enemy fire, to a mortar pit to cover the camp, while wounded he again endured enemy fire and sniper fire to drag several wounded soldiers to safety and organized their evacuation.

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