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Medal of Honor Recipient Visits Veterans

March 4, 2014

Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter visits with Veteran Marion Russell after giving a presentation about his service in Afghanistan and post-traumatic stress disorder. 
National hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter, recently visited the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) to give a special presentation about his service in Afghanistan, and about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Carter’s memory of the missions he was on in Afghanistan, though graphic at times, was a gut-wrenching testimonial to the bravery and valor he displayed in combat.  His speech was very moving to the audience of Veterans and MEDVAMC employees.

“I had similar experiences when I was in the service, and while he was talking, I felt like I was in combat with him,” said Vince Bryant, Marine Veteran and Peer Support Specialist at MEDVAMC.  “I was cringing the entire time he was talking because his speech was so powerful.”

Through his actions, Carter has not only become one of the few soldiers to receive the Medal of Honor during Operation Enduring Freedom, but he has also been inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

Carter says his experiences in combat have given him a new perspective on life.  This new perspective has pushed him to dedicate a lot of time discussing PTSD, or PTS as he calls it.  Sharing his own story is one way he feels he can help others suffering from PTSD. 

“Standing up and talking, though uncomfortable at times, is actually part of the healing process,” said Carter.  “I wish to encourage others suffering from PTSD to seek the help they need, and to offer them the hope that things will get better.”

MEDVAMC treats over 130,000 Veteran patients, many of whom are suffering from PTSD.  Any Veteran suffering from PTSD and would like assistance, please call (713) 791-1414.