O’Ban calls Medal of Honor event ‘opportunity for students to meet a genuine hero’

OLYMPIA… Calling it a “unique opportunity to learn from a genuine hero,” Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, today joined Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter at Lakes High School for a presentation on character building. O’Ban, who sponsored Senate Resolution 8713 to honor Carter’s heroic actions in Afghanistan, shared with students the importance of recognizing the remarkable service and sacrifice of our nation’s Medal of Honor recipients.

“As Sergeant Carter shared with students, true character is built one right choice at a time,” O’Ban said, “Character is built over the long run when you decide that even small acts of service or integrity are an opportunity to go above and beyond what is required.”

Back in March when Sen. O’Ban recognized Carter before the full Senate, he wanted to see his story shared with students in his district. “There are 79 living Medal of Honor recipients and seven of those reside in Washington including three who either live here or are from Pierce County: Carter, U.S. Army Sergeant Leroy Petry and U.S. Army Specialist Kyle White. We have a unique opportunity to learn from these heroes and to honor their exceptional service right here in our community,” said O’Ban.

On Oct. 3, 2009, Carter and his unit were attacked by more than 300 enemy combatants in Kamdesh district of the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. He was able to retrieve additional weapons and ammunition to bring back to his station, treat the wounds of fallen soldiers and carry one more than 100 meters to a first-aid station where he helped keep his comrade alive until reinforcements arrived to assist in evacuation efforts.

O’Ban hopes more schools will create opportunities for Carter to share his remarkable story and to talk about character building. The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation provides a character building curriculum for middle and high school students to encourage what it calls “the ideals of courage and selfless service to build character and promote responsible citizenship.”

“These men have given so much for our country and helped to save the lives of their comrades in arms. I’m extremely proud that Sergeant Carter and three other Medal of Honor recipients call Washington state their home and I hope they choose to remain here for a very long time,” O’Ban said.

Carter currently serves at Joint Base Lewis McChord. His story of valor while serving in Afghanistan is available on the Medal of Honor website: http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3484/carter-ty-m.php