New Veterans Congratulate Ret. Army Captain William Swenson for Medal of Honor

New Veterans Congratulate Ret. Army Captain William Swenson for Medal of Honor

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New Veterans Congratulate Former Army Captain William Swenson for Medal of Honor

Swenson is the sixth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for Actions in Iraq or Afghanistan

NEW YORK (October 15, 2013) – Today President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain, for conspicuous gallantry in the face of enemy fire. Captain Swenson received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces with Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on September 8, 2009. Captain Swenson said today he would like to return to active duty.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) joins a grateful nation in honoring Captain Swenson and his receipt of the Medal of Honor.

“IAVA congratulates Captain Swenson on this tremendous honor. He embodies all that is great about our country and our community. His selfless service, integrity and courage make every IAVA member proud, and he is an example for all Americans,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 270,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. 

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