By Julie Montanaro
July 11, 2014
A soldier who survived an all day fire fight in Afghanistan - and went on to receive the Medal of Honor - shared his harrowing story with first responders here this morning.
U,S. Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter survived an attack on an outpost in Kamdesh in 2009 that claimed the lives of eight American soldiers.
He was awarded the medal of honor for repeatedly braving the gunfire to carry downed soldiers to safety and help others re-stock on ammunition.
Many returning veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress and he encourages everyone battling it to get help.
Carter says he'd like to see the D dropped from PTSD and the stigma.
"I used to think that going to counseling was just an excuse to get out of work and I'm very embarrassed about that," Carter said. "Service members are coming out of the military and home from deployment and if they are labeled with post traumatic stress, people automatically think that they are going crazy and do something wrong and that's not the case."
Carter was speaking at the Rural County Summit in Gadsden County.
The public has a chance to meet him and hear him speak tomorrow.
Folks can also hear from those who've responded to some of our nation's most recent disasters including flooding in Boulder, wildfires in Arizona and that fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas.
It's all free from 9am to noon, Saturday July 12th at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.