Four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients gather for events in Phoenix

Posted at 4:32 AM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 12:30:19-04

It's the highest award for valor given to an individual serving in the military - the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Each award is given by the President. Only 74 recipients are alive and four of them are in the Valley right now for several charitable events.

When the small group meets at the Boulder's Resort in Carefree, it's like they've known each other their entire lives. Sal Giunta enrolled in the military after the September 11th attack. He spent eight years serving. One day he remembers especially well after his group was nearly ambushed in Afghanistan.

"There was 18 of us there and yet I'm the only one sitting here and it wasn't because of me," said Giunta. "It was because of us."

Two soldiers in his group were killed. Eight were shot.

The four recipients are incredibly humble. They consider their heroic actions just part of the job -- the job to defend our country no matter the cost.

"Everything that we did was not for ourselves. It was for each other," said Giunta. 

The medals are worn proud and the stories are endless. Now the bond is unbreakable.

"The greatest thing that has happened to me because of this recognition is meeting these incredible men," said Giunta.

The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation is holding several upcoming events. Click HERE for info.

For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, click here.