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Afghanistan war veteran awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — President Obama bestowed the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, on Army Staff Sergeant 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.

Carter risked his life to save an injured soldier, resupply ammunition to his comrades, and render first aid during intense fighting in a remote mountain outpost four years ago. ‘‘As these soldiers and families will tell you, they’re a family forged in battle, and loss, and love,’’ Obama said as Carter stood at his side and members of his unit watched in the White House East Room.

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