Mark "Oz" Geist speaks to Wichita veterans about Benghazi attack

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

An American hero congratulated and encouraged local veterans at the Veterans Coming Home banquet in Wichita Thursday.

Mark Geist is a speaker, author, and Marine. He's also one of the men at the center of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. His bravery was documented in the recent movie, 13 hours

"Coming out wasn't an easy thing, talking about it, but it's been really cathartic for me," Geist told KAKE News.

Geist had been working as a security contractor in Libya when the embassy came under attack. He and his team helped to fight off and defend the consulate, saving the lives of 25 U.S. citizens. The incident was politicized and used to discredit then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. 

"It's not a story that needed to be told because of the politics. It's a story that needed to be told because the American people need to know there are men and women out there that will sacrifice their lives for this country," Geist said.

For the Wichita veterans, sharing the stage with Geist was honor enough.

"He's, as far as I'm concerned, a true patriot," veteran, Steve Gonzales said.

"I praise him. I know he doesn't think he's a hero. 'I just did it because I had to do it.',"veteran, Gary Rogers said.

Geist has been drawing huge crowds wherever he goes, But he thinks all veterans are heroes, and he wants everyone to know that. 

"Anybody, to me, that puts their feet on those yellow footprints, raises their hand and swears to uphold the constitution is somebody who's willing to give more of themselves to something greater," Geist said.

KPTS-TV hosted the Veterans Coming Home banquet.  

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