Daughter writes children's book about war hero

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Oct. 1, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Updated Oct. 2, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Yvette Benavidez-Garcia will have a book signing in El Campo for her book, "Tango Mike Mike," about her father, Roy P. Benavidez.

Yvette Benavidez-Garcia will have a book signing in El Campo for her book, "Tango Mike Mike," about her father, Roy P. Benavidez.   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

Every year, during a patriotic holiday, Yvette Benavidez-Garcia's students would ask her for book recommendations about her father, a Medal of Honor recipient.

As most of the books were aimed for an older audience, the 47-year-old teacher decided to write a version children could read to learn about the decorated war hero.

Benavidez-Garcia will be signing her new nonfiction children's book, "Tango Mike Mike: The Story of Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez," at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the El Campo Museum of Natural History.

"This is a story about a man who struggled through disappointing circumstances as a young child," she said. He "overcame prejudice and discrimination, conquered paralysis, fought through two tours in Vietnam and became an American icon, a hero."

Benavidez-Garcia teaches fourth-grade reading and writing, and her students learn about her father sometime during the year.

About five years ago, her students started asking her if there was a book written about her dad they could read.

She said there are four other books written about her dad, but they contain adult language and she never felt comfortable referring them to her students.

"Last year, I decided to sit down and actually write a book that my students could read," Benavidez-Garcia said. "I had always thought about it but never committed myself to it."

She said it is important for the youth to know about the sacrifices people make, not only in the military but elsewhere in life.

By reading the book, Benavidez-Garcia said, children will have a role model and will walk away inspired.

"My book talks about a man who risked his life and went above and beyond to save the lives of at least eight men," she said. "It is an inspiring book about what a true hero is."


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