This is not the face of an actor or sports star who we often call heroes. This is Ty Carter, a true American hero. President Barack Obama bestowed the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter this week, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as "the essence of true heroism".

According to The Huffington Post;

Carter risked his life to save an injured soldier, resupply ammunition to his comrades and render first aid during intense fighting in a remote mountain outpost four years ago.

"As these soldiers and families will tell you, they're a family forged in battle, and loss, and love," Obama said as Carter stood at his side and members of his unit watched in the White House East Room.

President Obama also praised Ty Carter for talking openly about his disorder (post-traumatic stress syndrome). Obama said that Carter, like many veterans, "at first resisted seeking help," but later accepted counseling. Our President went on to say that the American public will now better understand the "invisible wounds" still inflicting him and thousands of others.

Carter is 33, a former Marine, and has also received a Purple Heart along with other military medals.

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