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Blumenthal Statement on Medal of Honor Ceremony Honoring Sergeant Dakota Meyer

(Washington, DC) – Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement today after attending the Medal of Honor Ceremony at the White House for Sergeant Dakota Meyer: 

“No words can adequately capture the powerful sense of pride and patriotism that I and others felt at the White House ceremony awarding the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Dakota Meyer for his extraordinary heroism in Afghanistan. His compelling courage saved more than thirty lives and enabled the fallen to return home to their families. His model of service and sacrifice should inspire all of us to aim higher and do better. I was honored to meet this down-to -earth, decent, and brave young man and his family.” 

Meyer becomes the tenth recipient of the nation’s highest award for valor in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts; all but two have been presented posthumously. The other living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan are Army soldiers Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta and Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry.