Parents are typically proud of their children's accomplishments, but a Spokane mother is sharing her pride with the nation. Paula Carter's son, Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, will receive the Medal of Honor for his service in Afghanistan.
He's only the fifth living soldier to be given the honor for this conflict.
"He doesn't need an award for me to think he's awesome," his mother Paula Carter said.
SSG Carter's heroics on October 3, 2009 will be honored later this month. On that day, close to 400 insurgents launched a full assault of U.S. Army Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. Only 54 soldiers were there to defend themselves, including Carter.
Carter jumped into action, running back and forth providing ammo to the other men in his squad, while bullets and rocket propelled grenades landed all around him.
"When I first went out through the door of my barracks the concrete and sand, everything was spitting back at me because of the rounds coming in," Carter recalled at a news conference on July 29 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
At one point, Carter went to help Spec. Stephan Mace, who was badly wounded and exposed to enemy fire.
"I really feel that he felt that day his job was to make sure they had enough firepower so that they could come home to their families," Paula Carter said.
Eight soldiers were killed in the battle, including Mace. Carter's bravery that day brought many others home. On Aug. 26, he'll be recognized for it at the White House.
Paula Carter hopes the medal will mean her son Ty won't have to go back to Afghanistan. She also hopes he can stay in Washington and do what he wants to do, help other soldiers like him who return from battle with PTSD.
"His job right now is to honor all the men and women who serve, and so it becomes his job to tell his story," Carter said. "That's a hard thing to do. I worry about him know, because now his main focus is to relive, and to relive, and to relive."
Carter, who graduated from North Central High School in 1998, is currently based at JBLM in western Washington. He wanted to be stationed there so he could be closer to family in Spokane.
Paula Carter and a number of family members will be in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 26 for SSG Carter's Medal of Honor ceremony with President Barack Obama.