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President Barack Obama applauds Monday after awarding US Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, left, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Carter is the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama bestowed the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter on Monday, saluting the veteran of the war in Afghanistan as “the essence of true heroism,” one still engaged in a battle against the lingering emotional fallout of war.

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