Today the President will present the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, to Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry for his actions while serving in Afghanistan.
Pertry lost his right hand when he redirected a live enemy grenade that could have killed two of his fellow Army Rangers.
This presentation marks the second occasion since the Vietnam War that the Medal of Honor has been presented to a living soldier. It's the ninth Medal of Honor presented to a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Watch the presentation live at the White House today at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.