Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter will throw out the first pitch at the Mariners game today. Last month, Carter was honored in a White House ceremony.
Since the battle in 2009 that earned his the medal, Carter has been dealing with post traumatic stress. He's had a lot of help and now his mission is to help others.
Carter said the biggest battle may be convincing people it's not a disorder.
If you just call it post traumatic stress, then you actually acknowledge what it really is. It's a natural reaction. It's a reflex of your body and mind to a traumatic experience, he said. You call it a disorder and people think chemical imbalance or there's something wrong with them, when there is nothing wrong with them. This is you reacting to something badly.
While the medal has helped Carter's cause, he also feels pressure to live up to it.
Because underneath that medal, it's like a shield or umbrella that houses every single soldier that was there that day, he said.
During the White House medal ceremoney, several of his family members and brothers in arms sat in the audience.
Just being able to look at them and them look at me, and I'm just thinking, well, you know, this isn't for me, this is for everybody else. And I was just happy that so many people that I care about could this experience, said Carter.
When asked if Ty Carter, Medal of Honor recipient, was a different guy, Carter had this response: I don't know him. I don't know that guy. All I know is that I still get uncomfortable when people call me a hero.
For Carter, the Medal of Honor is both a blessing and a burden.
It's opened many doors for him and his family, yet he knows at what cost. He knows you only get a Medal of Honor unless things go really bad and you do something most of us would deem unimaginable.
Since receiving the medal, he spends much of his time answering emails, doing interviews, and spending time with his wife and three kids on their 10-acre farm in Antioch, Calif.
There he tends to his three horses, three dogs and 17 chickens. It's his solace.
So as soon as I go through the front gate, then everything -- all the media, all the attention, it just fades away. And then it's just me and Shannon and the kids, said Carter.
No TV, no internet, no Medal of Honor, just Ty Carter husband, father, and family hero.