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´╗┐Antioch soldier awarded Medal of Honor

Calling him "what truly makes this country great" in saluting his valor and praising his ongoing efforts to overcome the lingering emotional fallout of war, President Barack Obama presented Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, a former Antioch resident, with the Medal of Honor at Lacoste Long Sleeve Polo

Carter graduated from high school in Spokane, Wash., and lived in Antioch, where his father still lives, before enlisting in 2008. He also has received a Purple Heart and many other military medals.

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Later, Carter told reporters that winning the medal had been "one of the greatest experiences" for his family and that he would "strive to live up to the responsibility." He also said wants to help Fred Perry Plain White Polo Shirt

Monaghan, who has worked to establish a peer to peer mentoring network for returning veterans to cope with issues by talking with each other, hopes those in need of help are inspired by Carter's story.

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Carter fought off Taliban attackers while bunkered down behind a Humvee, making runs into "the blizzard of bullets and steel" not once or twice, "but perhaps 10 times," to grab ammunition and risking his life to help severely injured soldier Stephan Mace as he was caught in a barrage of enemy fire.

"It touched my heart, to see these people that fight Fred Perry Formal Shirts

Oftentimes people tend to have a complacent attitude about war, she said.

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a White House ceremony Monday morning.

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In a text message, he described meeting with the president and having photos taken with his son and Obama, the signing of the accommodation and presentation as "once in hundred life times!"

Remaining stoic while the President recounted the Oct. 3, 2009, battle at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, Carter, 33, surrounded by 40 family members and what the President called his "family forged in battle, and loss and love," cracked Lacoste Shirts a small smile only after the award was placed around his neck in the East Room. soldiers that day in the vulnerable outpost in a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan. Obama said soldiers referred to it as a "fishbowl," with insurgents killing eight Americans during a 12 hour firefight.

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Mark Carter, Ty's father, called the experience, including the motorcade from the hotel to the White House, "totally mind blowing."

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"Only those closest to me can see the scars," Carter said, reading his statement. He added that those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder "are not damaged, they are just burdened by living when others are not."

"It's a proud day for our community, and bittersweet for Ty remembering the events that brought him to this proud day," adds Josie Monaghan, head of the East County Veterans group.

for our country honored," Antioch resident Terry Furry said of Monday's ceremony.

"If you remember one image, it's Ty carrying Mace and cradling him to safety," Obama said.

"Let me say it as clearly as I can to any of our troops or veterans who are watching and struggling," Obama said. "Look at this man. Look at this soldier. Look at this warrior. He's as tough as they come, and if he can find the courage and the strength to not only seek help, but also to speak out about it, to take care of himself and to stay strong, then so can you."

Residents in the East Contra Costa city were filled with pride seeing one of their own win the nation's highest military honor.

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"It's a big deal and something very positive to happen for the entire Bay Area," she said.

The president also acknowledged Carter's advocacy in trying to help soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

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Monday's ceremony marked the first time since 1968 that there are two living Medal of Honor recipients for the same battle. Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha received the medal in February.

the American public to better understand the "invisible wounds" still inflicting him and thousands of others.

"Their worst fears became a reality," Obama said.

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