'A True American Hero' Receives Medal of Honor; Army Sergeant Cited for Valor in Afghanistan

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'A True American Hero' Receives Medal of Honor; Army Sergeant Cited for Valor in Afghanistan


Byline: Jacqueline Klimas , THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Obama presented Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter with the nation's highest military honor Monday for actions in 2009 in Afghanistan that included providing emergency first aid to a wounded soldier and carrying him off the battlefield while under Taliban fire.

About 200 people, including Sgt. Carter's wife Shannon and their three children, as well as soldiers who served with him in Afghanistan, attended the White House ceremony, where he became the fifth living Iraq/Afghanistan veteran to receive the Medal of Honor.

If you want to know what a true American hero looks like, you don't have to look far. Just look at your dad, Mr. Obama said to Sgt. Carter's children, Jayden, Madison and Sehara. Your dad inspires us just like all those big monuments do.

On Oct. 3, 2009, Sgt. Carter was serving on a yearlong deployment as a cavalry scout with the 4th Infantry Division in Nuristan province. Taliban fighters surrounded Combat Outpost Keating and breached the border of the compound, attacking American and Afghan army troops with rifles, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, the citation says.

Sgt. Carter repeatedly sprinted through enemy fire to resupply troops with ammunition and provided accurate cover fire even after being wounded, the citation says. He also administered emergency first aid to Spc. Stephan Mace and carried him to safety, though Spc. Mace later died of his wounds after being transferred to Bagram Airfield.

During his speech, Mr. Obama talked about the importance of eliminating the stigma of post-traumatic stress disorder in the military. Sgt. Carter, who suffered from flashbacks, nightmares and guilt about the death of his fellow soldier, has been vocal about his struggle with post-traumatic stress since the incident. He was quoted in an Army news release earlier this month about how hard it was for him to go to counseling and about how the flashbacks are almost gone now.

To any of our troops or veterans who are watching and struggling, look at this man. …

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