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MOH recipient thanks military families, doctors

WASHINGTON — Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry offered just a few short remarks to the press after Tuesday’s Medal of Honor ceremony, but his comments covered a range of topics, including the importance of military families and the heroes still serving overseas. Here are a few excerpts:

“(My family) is my strength and my love. It’s with their support that I’ve served and will continue to serve. Military families sacrifice just as much as those who wear the uniform, so please continue to keep all of the military families in your thoughts and prayers

To be singled out is very humbling. I consider every one of our men and uniform serving here and abroad to be our heroes. They sacrifice every day, and deserve your continued support and recognition.

“I ask, whenever you have a chance to thank them, shake their hand, give them a pat on the back, please do so, because they’ve earned it. That’s the greatest reward any servicemember can get, just a simple thank you...

“I’d also like to thank all the medical professionals who have taken care of me, continue to take care of me. The ranger medics who took care of me on the battlefield, the doctors and nurses who took care of me in Afghanistan, Germany, Brooke Army Medical Center, and the Center for the Intrepid.

“These men and women do amazing work with wounded warriors, and it’s a testament to the dedication our country shows to its servicemembers…

“I’d like to thank the Rangers I have served with for the last 12 years … They’re the finest in the world, and deserve much credit for who I am today. Those Rangers I have been fortunate enough to lead during my years of service, you are the best soldiers in the Army and it was my honor to have been given the opportunity and responsibility to lead you…

“All my fallen Ranger brothers, servicemen and women across the services, I hold them dear in my memory. And I embrace the ones that are still serving today overseas.”

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