“If you just call it stress, what it really is, it explains the fact that it’s a natural reaction to a traumatic experience,” Carter said. “It’s our bodies and minds natural reaction to try and remember and avoid those situations.”
Carter was awarded on Monday with the nation’s highest award for courage, the Medal of Honor. During a 2009 daylong battle with Taliban fighters, the battle of Kamdesh, Carter braved a storm of bullets to rescue a wounded soldier.
President Obama praised not only Carter’s battlefield bravery during the medal ceremony but also for speaking “openly, with honesty and extraordinary eloquence” about his struggles with post-traumatic stress.
“You love your wife, you love your family, but sometimes you don’t want to talk to them, so you don’t want to put them through what you’ve been through,” Carter said.