Staff Sgt. Ty Carter will be one of only a handful of living American soldiers to receive the nation’s highest military honor.
The Army says U.S. troops were far outnumbered that day at a mountain outpost in Afghanistan. During the battle the Army says Carter killed enemy troops, and risked his own life to save an injured soldier pinned down by a barrage of enemy fire.
Carter says the award belongs to everyone who fought that day. Carter talks about the impact that the war has had on him.
The father of three says he’s in counseling for post-traumatic stress. He says he hopes telling his story will help other soldiers get help if they need it. He sees it as part of his new role in the Army.
Carter served in the Marine Corps before enlisting in the Army and already has a Purple Heart.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to award the medal to Carter next month in a ceremony at the White House.
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