Medal of Honor Recipient visits Fort Wainwright
Medal of Honor Recipient, Retired Army Master Sergeant Leroy Petry, visited Fort Wainwright Wednesday to discuss behavioral health and substance abuse resources that are available to the local military and community.
Petry is an advocate of behavioral health, as well as substance dependency care and treatment for our Military, their Families, and our transgenerational veteran population.
He enlisted in the United States Army in September or 1999 from his hometown in New Mexico – something he had wanted since he was a young boy.
He deployed eight to Iraq and participated in six tours to Afghanistan.
Based on his experience in the armed forces, he said having a stable physical, spiritual, and mental routine is essential in a service member's military career.
He adds that if you're in need of help, do not wait.
“There's a lot of mental health issues around the military right now and its okay. That stigma of being afraid to ask for help or being penalized for asking for help is not really the case and they can always go and ask for help,” he said.
He added that being honest with someone is the best way to handle a sensitive situation.
He received his Medal of Honor from President Obama on July 12, 2011.
To see Petry’s full profile, visit https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/petry/index.html