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Meyer Drops Suit Against Former Employer

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer is no longer suing his former employer.

After leaving the Marines, Meyer worked for BAE Systems, a defense contractor. He took issue with the company’s intent to sell thermal sniper scopes to Pakistan. Meyer says he was ridiculed after he raised his concerns.

He says when he sought another job, his supervisor called his potential employer to say Meyer was an alcoholic and mentally unstable. Meyer then returned to Kentucky.

In a statement, Meyer says the two sides have come to an amicable agreement and does not elaborate, though he does say BAE will not sell the scopes to Pakistan.

Meyer is also in the news this week for discrepancies in the official account of the actions that earned him the Medal of Honor. An investigation found that the Marines exaggerated portions of Meyer’s story, including how many of his fellow soldiers he saved and how many insurgents he killed.

However, the report makes it clear that Meyer’s actions were still worthy of the award.

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Investigation Shows Discrepancies in Reports of Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions

An investigation by the McClatchy news organization casts some doubts on the official account of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s actions.

Meyer, a Kentuckian, received the medal for actions in Afghanistan in 2009. The official account of the Marine’s story describes how he ran into enemy fire to retrieve his fallen colleagues and Afghan fighters. It tells of him leaping from his vehicle’s gun turret and killing at least eight insurgents.

The McClatchy investigation shows that sworn statements in the Marines still tell of Meyer’s bravery. However, they also say Meyer stayed in his vehicle, saved fewer soldiers and killed possibly one combatant.

The Marines have altered the attribution on the published narrative of Meyer’s actions to reflect other sources than sworn testimonies. The White House says it stands by the Marines’ account and will not take any action regarding Meyer’s award.

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2011 Medal of Honor Convention in Louisville This Week

Several Medal of Honor recipients will be in Louisville this week for the 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the medal, which is the nation’s highest award granted for U.S. combat.

Kentucky native Dakota Meyer is the newest recipient of the medal. Meyer was presented the award earlier this month by President Barack Obama. He’s now one of five Kentucky medal holders that will be in Louisville beginning Wednesday.

Recipients and their families will visit schools, events and participate in a public walk throughout the week. It will end Saturday at an awards dinner, attended by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Over 50 medal recipients will come to Louisville and participate throughout the week.

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Kentucky Lawmakers Praise Medal of Honor Recipient

Kentucky native Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor from President Obama Thursday, becoming the first living Marine to receive the award in four decades.

Speaking from the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama thanked Meyer and other members of his unit for their service in Afghanistan.

“You did your duty above and beyond, and you kept the faith with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps you love,” Obama said.

Earlier, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised the 23-year-old Marine corporal for his bravery in Afghanistan and other lawmakers from the commonwealth have since joined the chorus of cheers.

From U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.:

“Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer has received numerous decorations and awards for his service and devotion to his country. This son of Kentucky has now received the highest honor, and the gratitude and pride of an entire nation for his service.”

From U.S. Ben Chanlder, D-Ky.:

“Sergeant Dakota Meyer represents the very best our country has to offer, and I think I can speak on behalf of all Kentuckians when I say that he makes our state proud.

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McConnell Praises Medal of Honor Recipient From Kentucky

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., honored Kentucky-native Dakota Meyer, who will become the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in four decades.

In 2009, Meyer ran into a firefight while serving in Afghanistan to search for ambushed U.S. soldiers and Afghan troops. Meyer asked his commanding officer for permission to help the stranded troops, but the officers said no. He disobeyed orders and helped retrieve their bodies.

McConnell says he’s proud Meyer is from the commonwealth and the entire country is grateful for his service.

“Every American can be proud of Sergeant Meyer, age 23, for his exceptional valor in combat in Afghanistan,” says McConnell. “And I am particularly proud that Sergeant Meyer is a Kentuckian. I’m honored that heroes like him come from the Bluegrass state.”

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Kentuckian Will Receive Medal of Honor This Week

President Barack Obama will award the nation’s highest military honor to a Kentucky native this week.

Former Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer is the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Two years ago in Afghanistan, he ran into enemy fire to find four of his fellow troops. He then helped retrieve their bodies. Meyer didn’t expect any commendation for his actions. He thought he had failed because his fellow Marines died. He’ll receive the medal Thursday.

An interview with Meyer:

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“I have a platform to where I can go out and let Americans know what guys like me are doing. I think the problem in the military is the infantry guys and all the guys out there doing the fighting never get recognition,” he says.

Meyer is back in Kentucky, and he looks forward to his life calming down after this week.

“You try to go and give everyone an interview because how do you decide who to turn down? So then you start running yourself into the ground. You’re talking…everyone wants a piece of you for the worst day of your life,” he says. “It’s just like reliving it over and over.”

Meyer has started a scholarship program and he plans to pursue a business degree, but he says if he could return to combat, he would sign up with the Marines immediately.

He will be the third living recipient—and first living Marine—of the award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Kentuckian to Receive Medal of Honor

A Kentucky native and former Marine Corporal will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama next month for his actions in Afghanistan two years ago.

Dakota Meyer will be the third living recipient of the nation’s highest combat honor and first living Marine recipient of the award since the Vietnam War. The 23-year-old is being honored on September 15 for his courageous actions in 2009, the White House announced.

He retrieved the bodies of four fellow U.S. troops and an Afghan soldier who came under fire and died in Afghanistan. Meyer, who was serving as a turret gunner and driver, found the men dead in a trench.

From Human Events:

They came under attack from heavily armed insurgents who outnumbered them more than four to one.  Frantic pleas for artillery support were refused, leading to letters of reprimand for several of the officers in charge of the operation.

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Meyer was already suffering from shrapnel wounds at the time.  He nevertheless assisted in the retrieval of the bodies.  All four of the fallen soldiers were subsequently honored with Bronze Stars.

Meyer is a 2006 graduate of Green County High School. He now lives in Austin, Texas.

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Medal Of Honor Convention Coming To Louisville

The recipients of America’s highest military honor will hold their annual gathering in Louisville in 2011.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Committee has chosen Louisville for its 2011 convention. Medal recipients and their families will gather here in late fall for a celebration. About 500 visitors are expected to come, generating roughly 300 thousand dollars in economic activity. But Mayor Jerry Abramson says the city is not hosting the convention for the money, but rather for the chance to bring honored veterans to the city.

“What’s so exciting is that the individuals coming will have an opportunity to engage with high school students and college students in hopes of instilling in them an understanding of patriotism and the importance of being engaged as good citizens of this country,” he says. “The unfortunate thing about many young kids is they understand their rights and privileges. But they seem to not understand as well their duties and responsibilities as citizens of this great country.”

42 of the nearly 35 hundred medal recipients have been from the commonwealth. Of the 97 living recipients, three are Kentuckians.