“I hear people call me ‘hero.’ I don’t think I ever did anything heroic…I was doing a job, that’s what I signed up for,” said Clint Romesha, a Medal of Honor recipient and former Army staff sergeant.
Romesha earned the award for his 2009 service in Afghanistan and was recently featured in Netflix’s “Medal of Honor,” which tells the real stories of Medal of Honor recipients.
Romesha was open and vulnerable during his Netflix interview, however that wasn’t always his attitude towards sharing his experiences at war. He said he comes from a family with a military history who never really shared their emotions about what they had seen while serving.
“I always had the mentality going overseas: that stuff can stay there,” said Romesha. He said he had put his experience “in a box” and got on with life, but then was notified that he would receive the Medal of Honor, which brings national attention.
As he thought about it more, Romesha said he realized that “we’re at a time where less than 1 percent are serving our country and I really do believe that we as veterans don’t share our stories,” Romesha said.
He said this can lead to a disconnect between veterans and those who’ve never been to combat before and he wants to “try and shine a little bit of light” on a soldier’s experience.
He also discussed his time in combat and said, “These aren’t war stories. These are love stories for your brothers.”
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