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Lawmakers congratulate SSG Giunta on Medal of Honor

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Several Iowa lawmakers are joining President Obama in recognizing Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta's actions in Afghanistan and for receiving a Medal of Honor.

Sen. Tom Harkin
"On an Afghan battlefield in the middle of the night, Sergeant Giunta risked his own life to save his fellow soldiers. His uncommon act of bravery reminds America and the rest of the world that it is when we are tested that we reveal the true strength of our character, and the true resolve of our spirit. Sergeant Giunta's selflessness, first by choosing to serve his country, and then by risking his life to save the lives of his compatriots, is an inspiration. At a time when America is tried by war and recession, his story reminds us of what is best about our country. Sgt. Giunta would be the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor who has served in any war since Vietnam. The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award. Congratulations to Sergeant Giunta on this well deserved honor, which is unprecedented in recent history. America, and especially the state of Iowa, have a right to be very proud."

Sen. Chuck Grassley
"Only the bravest of the brave receive the Medal of Honor. Staff Sgt. Giunta is indeed a patriot and American hero, who truly deserves this honor. I have no doubt this is a bittersweet honor because of his fallen comrades. Staff Sgt. Guinta's actions are indicative of Iowa: selfless, honorable and humble. We are proud of him and grateful for his service to defend freedom and wish him and his fellow soldiers Godspeed as they continue to protect our nation."

Gov. Chet Culver
"Since its inception in 1862, 108 Iowans from 10 conflicts have received the Medal of Honor. All of Iowa joins me in congratulating Salvatore Giunta on joining this distinguished list as the state's 109th Medal of Honor recipient. It is appropriate that his bravery and service to this nation have been recognized in this way."

Rep. Bruce Braley
"On behalf of all First District Iowans, I want to congratulate and thank Sergeant Giunta for his incredible service to our nation. The men and women of America's military exhibit extraordinary courage on a daily basis, so it speaks volumes about Specialist Giunta that his service is being recognized with this prestigious honor. My father fought in the historic battle of Iwo Jima and saw firsthand the kind of valor and bravery that sets soldiers like Sergeant Giunta apart. In just one month of fighting on Iwo Jima, 27 Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor. America is incredibly fortunate to have people like Sergeant Giunta wearing our uniform and the people of Iowa are incredibly proud of his accomplishments."

State Rep. Kraig Paulsen
"Few people show the kind of bravery, courage and selflessness that Sgt. Giunta showed on the battlefield. Iowans from across the state are very proud Sgt. Giunta is receiving this tremendous honor which he so greatly deserved."


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