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Matter of valor: Former Navy SEAL awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Matter of valor: Former Navy SEAL awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart

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.”

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