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The real Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

No, not the most popular video game on the planet, but the no shit, real deal thing. A Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH). The first MOH to a living hero in this generation’s wars and the first living recipient in nearly 40 years dating all the way back to Vietnam. If you didn’t hear about this today, then where the hell were you? If you thought today’s top news was Prince William getting engaged then you need to be slapped! If you watched the Real Housewives today at 2pm EST then you have no concept of what “reality” is.

Paul Rieckhoff (IAVA Founder) said it best today that if you weren’t watching, then “you need to wake up!” I had a hard time believing that regular programming continued while this, one of America’s shining moments, was overshadowed by the every day. The “every day” that happens every F@ck!n& day! This is something that comes along a handful of times in a person’s life and we are too busy with the trivial to pause and pay respect to the phenomenal. A hero stood before us today and was awarded THEE HIGHEST military honor a person could ever be bestowed, yet many channels never televised it. Way to go networks, way to go America. I still love you to death, but like the mystery that is “women,” I will never figure you out.

SSG Salvatore A. Giunta of the US Army received the Congressional Medal of Honor today for heroics on a mountain top in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. His patrol was ambushed, he covered one wounded soldier then realized another was missing. He singlehandedly took on enemy fighters who were dragging away that missing wounded soldier, killed his kidnappers, took fire himself, yet still administered first aid until the medevac chopper arrived to evacuate the wounded. The wounded were airlifted and SSG Giunta continued on his mountain top patrol with the rest of his squad as if to say, “all in a day’s work.” What did you do today? Anything close to that? Me neither, but I did recognize that heroism and paid my respects.

SSG Giunta has now been indoctrinated into the Congressional Medal of Honor Society where so few have been granted membership and even fewer have lived to enjoy its perks. What an incredible day for our United States. Too bad many of us didn’t get the chance to see real history being made. Do yourselves a favor and read up on this example of American heroism, hopefully the next time the Medal of Honor is awarded, the whole country can watch.

We now return to your regularly scheduled programs…


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