Joseph Badal

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For those of you who have read my monthly blog before, you might be surprised by this month’s subject. Joan Allen didn’t serve in the military. As far as I know, she never saved anyone’s life. The only combat she ever experienced was being the mother of three boys who are, to say the least, no shrinking violets. But Joanie was an Everyday Hero to all of us who knew her. She greeted everyone with a smile and addressed life with a positiveness that rubbed off on all those around her.

We lost Joan last month. It was a mere two weeks from diagnosis to her passing. Her body was riddled with cancer and her physical and emotional pain must have been horrendous. She had everything to live for. Her friends loved her. Her sons, daughters-in-law, sister, mother, brother-in-law, nephew, niece, and grandchildren adored her. In the forty years that I…

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