On October 3, 2009, 53 soldiers at Combat Outpost (COP) Keating, in a remote area of Afghanistan near the Pakistani border, came under attack from at least 300 insurgents. The attack lasted nearly twelve hours, with the fiercest firefights going for at least six hours. The Battle of Kamdesh, as it came to be known, ended with eight US soldiers killed and more than two dozen soldiers injured. The events of that day led to two of the surviving soldiers receiving Medals of Honor: SSG Clinton Romesha received the Medal of Honor in February. Six months later, on August 26, the honor was bestowed upon SSG Ty Carter.
SSG Carter, who is now stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, joined Margaret to share what happened that fateful day. He also spoke candidly about his struggle with the trauma and stress stemming from the battle and its aftermath, and his quest to help other servicemen and women through their own struggles with the stress of combat. He credited his wife Shannon and their children for providing the love and support he needed to work through his combat stress, and passionately asked people to start calling the condition Post Traumatic Stress, (PTS), instead of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to help ease the stigma surrounding the word disorder.
The U.S. Army Medical Command has set up a 24-hour hotline to help servicemembers and their loved ones: Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline: 800-984-8523
The Department of Veterans Affairs also has a website to help servicemembers and their families: National Center for PTSD
NOTE: This marks first time two living Americans from the same battle have received Medals of Honor since 1963, when (then) SPC Raymond Wright and(then) SGT Leonard Keller were recognized for their lifesaving actions in the Battle of Ap Bac during the Vietnam conflict.