Tim Sheehy can think of many others who deserve the recognition he received Thursday at the Navy Operational Support Center in Helena.
Sheehy, 29, is a former Navy SEAL who on April 9, 2012, helped save a member of his unit in Afghanistan who was wounded during a gunfight with enemy forces. His valor earned him a Bronze Star Medal with a V for combat.
Later in the day, the blast from an improvised explosive device, which struck him across the breastplate worn during combat and knocked him unconscious, earned him a Purple Heart.
The medals were pinned on him by Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., who himself is a former Navy SEAL and who received a Bronze Star Medal for his service.
“It’s more important about the guys who are still over there,” Sheehy said. “There are people who are still deployed … there’s always somebody on the front line. What I did is nothing compared to what a lot of people have sacrificed.”