Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Medal of Honor Recipient visits VA Medical Center
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor Recipient, visited the Charleston VA Medical Center Wednesday, October 23, where he met Veterans and employees. He is the ninth service member to have been named a recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Cadets from the Citadel accompanied Sgt. Petry in the front lobby, welcoming Veterans to the medical center and thanking them for their service. Sgt. Petry stated that he was, “born into a free country because of the Veterans that served before him.”
Sgt. Petry, an Army Ranger, currently serves as a liaison officer for the US Special Operations Command Care Coalition where he assists wounded warriors, ill and injured service members and their families. Petry was injured in 2008, when he lost his right hand throwing an enemy grenade to save two other Rangers and himself. The Sergeant has deployed eight times with two tours of Iraq and six to Afghanistan.
As for VA healthcare, Sgt. Petry said he “likes visiting Veterans at the VA, not only to honor them but to also see what I have in store for my own health care when I retire from the military. From what I’ve seen, the VA delivers great care and that’s what Veterans deserve.”
Veterans, visitors and employees were enthusiastic to meet the Medal of Honor recipient, lining the halls to shake his hand and take photos.