But being awarded the the nation’s highest military award doesn’t happen often. The medal has only been conferred just 18 times after more than a decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Many recipients lose their lives in the act that the award recognizes.
But some, like retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter — who received the award in June 2014 — survive and learn from the president that they are being given the highest possible recognition for their courage.
So how does that discussion actually go? Fortunately, that moment when Carpenter was notified by then-President Barack Obama was captured on video in 2014.
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