Benjamin Michael Adams was born in Shreveport, LA on July 12, 1976. Ben (or Benji, as some knew him) went to be with his Maker on May 3, 2017. He is survived by his parents, his three brothers, many family members, and a vast number of friends he called family, as well.
Today, we will bid him farewell, and in doing so, hope to honor his legacy & his memory.
Ben was a son, a brother, and a fiercely loyal friend. He was an amazing father figure to his niece, and was daddy to two beautiful dogs. He was mischievous, adventurous, and full of life & laughter.
Ben was an American soldier in the United States Army. He was a hero that willingly sacrificed his body to protect the freedom we enjoy.
As a sergeant, Ben was part of the Iraqi Freedom Team. He ran over 200 missions, during his deployment. Near the end of his tour, Ben’s vehicle encountered an IED. He sustained serious neck and back injuries, as well as substantial injuries to his brain. When he returned home, we were grateful. He was still our Ben, but was never quite the same.
Ben, while struggling with his own post-war issues, reached out to others who were in the same situation. It was important to him to help and support his brothers & sisters; to listen and to talk. In helping others to heal, he- -in turn, helped himself.
Ben was a member of organizations designed to be support networks for military veterans that often struggled with PTSD, addiction, and integration into the civilian lifestyle. He belonged to 22KILL, Operation “Rock The Troops” and the American Infidels.
To properly pay homage to Ben, we sincerely hope that others will follow in his footsteps by reaching out to those in need. Be brave enough to show your vulnerabilities, and to ask for help… even though you may be accustomed to being the one who normally helps and fights for others. Care enough to listen to a friend who is struggling, and wise enough to know that a smile or a fit of anger often masks great sadness and loneliness.
Your battle is finally over, Ben. You’ve WON, and will no doubt be awarded countless honors by the One who created you to be the fearless, passionate soldier whom none of us will ever forget.
Rest not in peace, but triumph in eternal victory.