Your VFW was on hand at the White House on Monday, as Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter was presented the nation’s higher medal for combat valor, the Medal of Honor. Full video of Carter’s Medal of Honor ceremony can be viewed here:
Carter earned the medal for his actions during the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, when Combat Outpost Keating came under heavy attack from insurgents. During the daylong battle, Carter went out of his way to save a mortally wounded fellow soldier who was stranded in the kill zone.
After accepting the award from the president, Carter said he was proud to represent his fellow soldiers who were involved in the battle, and that he was nervous to live up to the tremendous responsibility that comes with the honor.
In the months leading up to the White House ceremony, Carter has become an outspoken advocate for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and the president recognized Carter’s continuing efforts to serve as an inspiration for troops suffering from invisible wounds.
VFW Executive Director Bob Wallace was on hand for the ceremony and said it was an honor to join in recognizing Carter’s selfless actions.
Carter is the eighth American service member to earn the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and the second soldier from the Battle of Kamdesh to earn the honor in addition to Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha. The Battle of Kamdesh is the first battle from which two service members have earned the Medal of Honor since the 1967 Battle of Ap Boc in Vietnam, where Spec. Raymond R. Wright and Sgt. Leonard B. Keller were recognized for their actions.