Medal of Honor hero in El Paso connecting to soldiers, veterans

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor recipient. (Credit: KFOX14)

In July 2011, Leroy Petry became the second living recipient of the Medal of Honor for the war in Afghanistan.

His hand was taken from him by a grenade during a May 26, 2008, combat operation in Afghanistan.

The retired master sergeant is in El Paso to help offer guidance to local soldiers and veterans.

Petry told KFOX14 he does not regret his sacrifice.

“Anyone can be a hero to somebody. It doesn't take wearing a uniform or being publicly given allocates or being given recognition," said Petry.

Being deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, Petry deeply understands what's involved to protect our freedoms.

The national Medal of Honor recipient has four children, but no bucket list.

“I don't really have a bucket list I’ve already done so many great things in the last six years that I'm happy just to see my children grow up in this country and know that it's going to be a safe environment where they can have the ability to succeed just like anybody else,” said Petry.

Petry’s heroic story.

Get to know Petry in person.

He will be at the Superstar Motors at 9701 Montana Avenue on Friday and at Navy Federal Credit Union at 6600 Montana Avenue on Saturday to talk to soldiers and veterans who want to drop by and chat.

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