Tuesday, July 22
(Washington, DC) -- President Obama is honoring an Army veteran with the nation's highest military award for valor in Afghanistan. Sergeant Ryan Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor today during a White House ceremony. Obama praised the former staff sergeant for preventing his forward operating post from being overrun during a fierce battle in Kunar Province in 2008. While his unit suffered heavy casualties, the President said Pitts' heroism helped save lives. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.