Washington (CNN) - A 25-year-old Army staff sergeant from Iowa will be the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since three service members from the Vietnam War were honored in 1976.
President Barack Obama will award the nation's highest medal of valor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta on Tuesday. Giunta was a specialist serving with the Airborne 503rd Infantry Regiment on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked on the night of October 25, 2007.
Sgt. Giunta rest assured that both Mendoza and Brennan will be in attendance when you're so deservingly honored. If only in spirit they too will concur that your actions were meritorious and heroic.
I for one am proud to have you on our side.
Congratulations,God bless you and THANK YOU.