Staff Sgt Ty Michael Carter is one of only five living recipients of the Medal of Honor who fought in post-9/11 conflicts and was cited for his actions during a “Against the Odds” (50 unit solders against 300 enemy soldiers in a 12-hour battle in Afghanistan).
Carter is notably different from the popular image of a war hero receiving a medal. In lieu of crisp salutes and talk of duty, Carter spends much of his time speaking about loss and frankly discussing his own mental health after the ordeal.
To be clear, Staff Sgt. Carter appears to be a person of extraordinary mettle. In his presentation, however, he does not mind projecting another image, of a young man who has seen too many terrible things. Speaking in what can only be called a tone of vulnerability, he tells the White House audience, including President Obama:
“Only those closest to me can see the scars that come from seeing good men take their last breath. During the battle, I lost some of the hearing in my left ear. But I will always hear the voice of Specialist Stephan Mace. I will hear his plea for help for the rest of my life.”
Carter goes on to talk about his counseling while recovering from the experience of post-traumatic stress disorder since the battle. Carter hopes to help other soldiers who have the diagnosis from their military experiences.
This article excerpt originally appeared in Pacific Standard. To read the rest of the story click on the word article above.
BRAVO! SGT. CARTER
I love the pictures with Sgt. Carter smiling which is different than most of the stoic looking photos of other Medal of Honor recipients. By Sgt. Carter willingness to accept help for post-traumatic stress; he is signaling to others with this disorder to seek counseling instead of trying to cope on one’s own.
Have a Fantastic Week!
|Medal of Honor Medal_Army.jpg
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|President Obama awards U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter the Medal of Honor_WH_Aug. 26, 2013.jpg
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|U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter & President Obama smiling brightly after Sgt. Carter was awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House_Aug. 26, 2013.jpg
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|Ty Carter & his wife Shannon holding their daugter Sehara Carter. Eldest son Jayden Young is from Shannon’s previous relationship & Madison Carter is from Ty’s previous marriage..jpg
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