Former Green Beret Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer faces the battle of his life on different terrain than the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan, and against a different enemy than the insurgents of that remote region. As a Special Forces combat medic, Shurer risked his life repeatedly in Afghanistan’s Shok Valley in April 2008. Under enemy fire, he treated and stabilized a half-dozen wounded soldiers. Silver Stars were awarded to Shurer and nine others from the Special Forces group in December 2008. This legendary heroism received the most valor awards for a single combat engagement since the Vietnam War.
Shurer was diagnosed with a life-threatening lung cancer in 2017. In October of 2018, he is awarded the Medal of Honor, an upgrade from his Silver Star award. He now faces an “all-consuming” battle against the life-threatening lung cancer that’s rated at stage 4. Shurer is open about his fight with the disease, publicly sharing his struggle on social media with others that also face the same battle. “It just wouldn’t be right to hide it,” he says and further explains how “his advocacy for others is part of the responsibility that comes with the medal he wears.”