Transcript for Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter
-- Madison if you want to know what makes our country truly great. If you wanna know what a true American hero looks like than you -- have to look too far. Is that look at your day. Because today he's the site we've come to six. I first found out about the nomination now is that Hamas in Afghanistan. My platoon sergeant he pulled me aside and told him on the nomination has. Because you helped turn back -- -- soldiers are alive today. Like a battle buddy Matt humvee Brett Larson who told us Iowa tie my life. Because you were urged to serve others at whatever cost. So many army families could welcome home their -- -- I was still going through some serious condition safety issues at that time. And when he told me about it it was almost an insult. Because I really didn't care I was so -- concerned are focused on. The Brothers that we lost -- dead to extremists whatever. Over time. I got more. Understanding and I you know more than jitters and more. Corporate pride -- because. Healing have begun. Toward cares tremendously responsive. I'm almost embarrassed about -- that was about it. When things are today I think that I was getting it was getting close to you -- believe that. I researched. Again originally thought OK well in this -- is going to be great for me and my family. But after -- understanding anymore. Turned into this award isn't for you this award is is an emblem or symbol. -- Shows true faith to what the soldiers that day when the call came in. -- -- willing to accept phone call from president states and I think -- sure you can. So. I spoke to the president he said he first woman -- -- Says thank you for your service. And he said that. He -- the medal of honor and we talked about my family kids. -- become and it was him saying on important. -- -- on the White House it's pretty much changed my entire military career in my entire focus on us and is training soldiers for combat. My focus has turned into. Preparing soldiers for life after com. Post traumatic stress -- taking care of the road warriors. Possibly helping out other gold star families. Cope with the loss of their loved ones. Fact that I'm sitting here talking to you right now is me doing everything I can't let other soldiers know -- days. It will be okay -- have to do this is has asked for help.
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