“‘Above and beyond the call of duty.’ It’s at the heart of the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest award for valor. It applies to every hero, every war,” writes Tina Croley, Stars and Stripes’ managing editor for content for Stars and Stripes’ 2015 Heroes page.
The page is dedicated to the recipients of awards for valor, and contains stories on service members who have received commendations, ranging from Bronze Stars with “V” to America’s highest commendation: the Medal of Honor.
The page features articles on the newest recipients of the Medal of Honor, like Marine veteran Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who used his body to shield a fellow Marine from a grenade explosion in Marjah, Afghanistan, as well as Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, who fought against 200 insurgents in Wanat, Afghanistan.