Hall of Heroes: Medal of Honor
Since 9/11, over 2.5 million Americans have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but only eleven have received the Medal of Honor - our nation’s highest military award. On August 26th, Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter will become the twelfth recipient, and the fifth living recipient of the Medal for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. See IAVA's statement here.
Since Congress began awarding the Medal of Honor in 1861, over 3,460 service members have received the honor. The award has become increasingly rare since the Vietnam era. During Vietnam, 249 service members were awarded the Medal of Honor; since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began in 2001 and 2003, respectively, only eleven service members have received the honor, seven of them posthumously. To learn more about the Medal of Honor and recipients from prior conflicts, visit the Medal of Honor Society.