This week marks one year since a Nederland native was held hostage and killed by Al Qaeda terrorists.

Victor Lovelady, 57, was working at a gas plant in Algeria when it was raided. He was held captive and later killed.

Since then, his family has traveled to Austin and Washington D.C. speaking before congress in the war against terrorism.

"It's been really, really hard. A lot of days are worse than others and you never get over it. It gets easier but we never get over it," said Victor's brother, Michael Lovelady.

Lovelady was one of three Americans killed during a four-day siege at a natural gas plant in Algeria last January.

Lovelady was eating breakfast in the cantina when they were raided. Thinking fast, he quickly helped others to safety.

"Several of them crawled in the attic. He let them go first. He was last to crawl in the attic. He fell off the chair that they were using and hurt his leg real bad and he was captured," said Lovelady.

It's stories like these that give Michael a reason to smile.

"What heroic efforts he made for the people and young men who had babies. We feel like he's a hero in that respect," said Lovelady.

In the last year, Congressman Ted Poe has brought Lovelady's heroic actions to Washington D.C. He wrote a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Obama requesting Lovelady be presented with the Medal of Freedom.

The Lovelady family continues to fight the good fight in hopes to help the government put an end to terrorism abroad and here at home.

"They have supported us whole heartedly and the fight on terrorism is real here in America. I truly believe that they're doing something about it," said Lovelady.

Al Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar has taken credit for the attack in Algeria.