Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. Ty Carter described the nation's top military award Thursday as a "shield" that protects fallen soldiers, their families, and current members of the military who are still fighting or serving across the world.
"It's actually kind of like a shield or umbrella, and underneath it is the families of the fallen and the soldiers who fought that day, and also . . . all the service members in Afghanistan, or around the world, that are still fighting," Carter said on "Fox & Friends."
"I serve to protect my family, my Army family, my service family, and, of course, my family back at home. Inadvertently, that protects all the families out there," he added.
The sergeant risked his life repeatedly running into the line of fire, providing ammunition and aid to fellow soldiers during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama recognized Carter's heroism Monday at a White House ceremony, where he bestowed the nation's highest military honor on the soldier.
Carter, however, said the medal he now wears isn't his alone because if hadn't been for the help of his comrades in arms he might not have survived.
"It wasn't just me. I mean, the soldiers of (special forces unit) Black Knight Troop did an excellent job of providing cover fire," he said. "Because of the aviation assets and friends, we were able to survive."
During his appearance on the Fox morning show, Carter recognized the continuing efforts of members of the military to protect the United States and its people.
"Every service member in uniform is basically putting themselves in harm's way to make sure that their kids grow up safe. So, hopefully, they never have to experience what it's like to live in a country where there's very few laws, and tyranny, and persecution pretty much runs the land," Carter said.
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