From the Associated Press:
A 25-year-old soldier from Iowa who exposed himself to enemy gunfire to try to save two fellow soldiers will become the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Friday.
President Barack Obama phoned Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, on Thursday at the base in Italy where he’s stationed to tell him he’d be receiving the nation’s highest military honor, Giunta’s father told The Associated Press. He will become the eighth service member to receive the Medal of Honor during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The seven previous medals were awarded posthumously…
We can never repay the men and women who serve our country – especially those who serve in battle, and most especially those who show a supreme disregard for their own lives. On this day of remembrance, it is altogether right and fitting that we should pay homage to Staff Sgt. Giunta and all of those who have bravely done their duty in this war.