Military service is a time-honored way to put others’ safety and well-being before one’s own. At the American Revel Traveler, we understand that our ability to roam free begins with active-duty and retired military, and their families, who choose to serve and sacrifice – in the United States and around the world. We are forever grateful.
Meet Ty M. Carter.
In 2013 at the age of 30, Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter became the fifth living Medal of Honor recipient since the War in Vietnam. It is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
Our nation’s highest-ranking military officials have described Specialist Carter’s service to his country as including great acts of courage and skill; his actions define what it means to be a true American hero. Now retired with disabled status, Ty continues to earn his reputation as an unstoppable force. Sure, he’s attractive and articulate, but more importantly, he’s magnetic.
Whether engaged in a public speaking gig or consulting on set, Ty enters the room like an apex predator at the watering hole: deliberate and almost undetectable. Soon enough, his powerful presence commands attention and respect; sharing gripping moments filled with precision, adrenaline, and heartache, he demonstrates the real courage he is known for – not in the past, but right here, right now.
The October 3, 2009, attack on Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan is as horrific as it gets. Just check out Netflix, which documents each of the eight losses suffered in that vicious ambush in Episode 8 of its original series Medal of Honor. It is clear that the unit went through hell and back and then some. Each solider in the unit acted bravely and in sync during that horrific firefight; the difference between living and dying that day seems largely inexplicable and random. Far from emerging unscathed, Ty’s efforts that day left him with shrapnel wounds, hearing loss, and posttraumatic stress disorder. His actions earned him the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.
Ty is blessed, and burdened, to be the one who was chosen to live, and relive, this day continuously. Whereas Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day includes countless chances to go back in time and “do” the same day over again until perfected, Ty shares his worst day over and over in order to educate the public and help others who have served heal. This requires unparalleled personal strength and a mastering of an internal battle, wrought with haunting images, pain, and the weight of the world, all managed by sheer mental strength and a few strategic sips of water than serve to mask an occasional moment overcome by emotion.
Not strictly a soldier’s problem, post-traumatic stress affects police officers, firefighters, first responders, and anyone who has survived traumatic events and experiences, at home and abroad.
In 2018 Ty M. Carter became the proud owner of a brand-new donated house. The house, given to Carter debt-free from the Texas Sentinels Foundation, sits on 10 acres in rural Bastrop, about 40 miles east of Austin. Today Ty is loving evolving as amateur gun builder, apprentice shiner, and homeowner. The Texas Sentinels Foundation believes that through the personal sacrifice and heroic dedication of American Soldiers, freedom and security is available to all Americans.
One of the core values of the Foundation includes providing debt-free housing to remove the burden and allow wounded military veterans to focus on recovery. For Ty, it is clear this gift continues to support healing and happiness. Shares Ty, “There is no better place on earth to play with my dog, shoot and build guns, and spend time with people I care about.”
To learn more about Ty M. Carter and the Medal of Honor, check-out Episode 8 of the Netflix Original, Medal of Honor or visit theaters this fall. Having lent his expertise as a Military Advisor to Millennium Studios on their upcoming feature film The Outpost, we are looking forward to seeing the film hitting theaters this October.
Sources and Photos: Many thanks to Ty M. Carter
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