JBLM soldier wants to be more than a Medal of Honor recipient

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 7:20 PM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - It's the highest honor a soldier can receive. Staff Sergeant Ty Carter said he would not be receiving the Medal of Honor if it weren't for his fellow soldiers.

"This award is not mine alone," said Carter.

In October of 2009 Carter helped defend Combat Outpost Keating during an attack from Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Working with limited ammunition and communications, Carter risked his life saving other soldiers, according to the Army.

"We don't choose a lot of the things that happen in our lives, all we do is try to cope as well as we can," said Carter.

He does not want his Medal of Honor to be the only achievement he is known for.

Carter hopes to work with soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, something he still struggles with.

"Post Traumatic Stress is something that doesn't disappear," said Carter.

He wants to let other soldiers know it is alright for them to seek help.

It worked for him.

Carter, who was born in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School, will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive the award from President Barack Obama August 26.

He is the fifth soldier from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.

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