Mitchell Reports | February 11, 2013
>> our medal of honor recipient and military analyst colonel jack jacobs . jack, this is such ae moment. there were very few medal of honor recipients , and it's rare to have he is not there for himself but for all those that can't be there. that on that battlefield that day there were many acts of valor, and he represents them and represents all the men and women who sacrificed for us. it's an important day for the country and for the armed forces . it looks like it's a really important day for the individual, but all individuals feel the same way about it, that they are there representing all those men and women who can't be there.
>> it says something of the nation. we don't honor our heroes often enough, but this is a tradition that goes back so many decades, so many wars, but to see someone who served in afghanistan, a war that we do not discuss enough. 60,000 troops still in the field even though we're drawing down. they are at risk every second, every minute of the day of the day and night , and here we're at least talking about the valor of one human being representing as you say them all.
>> with all the people who have served, we do not pay sufficient attention to it, and this is only the fourth living recipient for any conflict since vietnam. it says a great deal about the distance between the people who are being searched and the people who are serving. i think it's really important that we bring the heroism of our men and women to the forefront and celebrate it as representative of what's being done as often as we possibly can. there are only 79 living recipients with the medal of honor . this will be the 08th. when i was decorated, there are almost 400. a lot of time has passed since then.