Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer to Appear at Kentucky Veterans’ Rally

Posted: October 21, 2013

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, will appear at a special veterans’ barbecue hosted by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) in Middletown, Ky., on October 21.

Meyer, a native of Columbia, Ky., enlisted in the Marines in 2006 and was deployed twice to combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In September 2011, President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, for acts of extraordinary valor in combat.

In a six-hour firefight on Sept. 8, 2009, Meyer repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team. Though wounded by shrapnel, Meyer entered the kill zone four times to evacuate 13 Marines and soldiers and 23 Afghan soldiers. On his fifth trip, Meyer recovered the bodies of three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in the battle.

Since returning to civilian life after completing active duty in 2010, Meyer continues to work to tell the stories of the Marines with whom he served. (Full Meyer bio here)

Event details are as follows:

WHEN:
Monday, October 21, 4-7 p.m.
WHO:
Sgt. Dakota Meyer and members of Concerned Veterans for America
WHAT:
Barbecue honoring veterans’ service
WHERE:
VFW Post 1170
107 Evergreen Rd.
Middletown, KY 40243

 

For a list of speakers and registration information, click here.

The Middletown stop is part of CVA’s three-week “Defend Freedom Veterans’ Tour” in October. The tour provides a venue for U.S. military veterans to tell their stories, honor service and continue fighting for freedom here at home. The tour includes dozens of stops in Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.

The tour, sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America (CVA)—a national, non-profit organization of veterans, military family members, and patriotic Americans—focuses messages of service, freedom and reviving the American dream. Issues to be discussed include the following:

  • Preserving our promises to veterans by reforming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, especially the 400,000+ backlog of veterans’ benefit claims.
  • Reforming Pentagon spending, to ensure we maintain the strongest military in the world and America takes care of troops.
  • Tackling our nation’s $17 trillion debt, which is both an economic and security threat.
  • Getting veterans involved to continue serving America here at home.

For more information, go online to DefendFreedomTour.com.

Concerned Veterans for America is a non-profit veterans organization established to advocate for policies that will preserve the freedom, liberty, and prosperity that veterans and their families have so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend. Since April 2012, over 148,000 Americans have joined CVA on Facebook.

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