Benghazi veteran, author speaks at Hagerstown Community College


The Modern Woodsmen of America in Hagerstown held a fundraiser to help bring local veteran memorials to Washington County on Monday night.

The Modern Woodsmen of America is one of the largest fraternal benefit societies in the country.

“We’re splitting the proceeds tonight for our WWII Memorial that’s being put in Williamsport and the Vietnam Veteran Memorial which is down by City Park here in Hagerstown,” said Lynn Bibbee, an event organizer.

Raising funds for the memorial wasn’t the only goal; just days away from Veterans Day, organizers are honoring and recognizing our local heroes. 

The fundraiser included a very prevalent speaker, veteran and author Kris “Tanto” Paronto, who spoke at Hagerstown Community College, giving an emotional first-hand account of what happened in Benghazi.

“It’s about courage, honor, sacrifice, and what military personnel go through,” said Paronto.

Paronto is also a co-author of the book-made-movie “13 Hours” that provides insight into what soldiers go through.

“There’s too many people that look at heroes as being athletes, as being Hollywood stars, and they’re not. The heroes out there are those that serve, those that are willing to go and put themselves in gunfire [and] willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms,” said Paronto.

For more information or to get involved, contact Rick Bibbee at (301) 991-7799 or by email at

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