I mentioned a while back that my husband earned an award while over in Afghanistan. At the time I didn’t have the whole story, and it wasn’t official yet. However, I do now, and it is. He received copies of it yesterday, since he won’t be here for the ceremony. He’ll receive the originals when he gets back from school. I’m very glad I didn’t know then. I was torn between hugging him, clobbering him, or doing both. The Award is the Bronze Star With "V" Device. Given for combat heroism, and 4th highest award in the Army. According to Wiki
The Valor device (or “V device”) is authorized by all services and identifies the award as resulting from an act of combat heroism (as in the case of the Army and Air Force) or signifying that the medal was earned in combat (as in the case of the Navy), thus distinguishing it from meritorious achievement awards. However, an accumulation of minor acts of combat heroism does not justify an award of the Valor device. Combat service deserving a bronze star, but not achieved in a particular valorous act, would warrant a meritorious bronze star. The Valor device does not denote an additional award. Only one may be worn on any ribbon.
The Bronze Star with the Valor Device is the United States military’s fourth highest award for valor.
The following (names and such edited out) scan is how he got it. Click to embiggen.
I’d like to say I was surprised at his actions. But I’m not. The man stood between me, my daughter, and a rampaging moose several years ago. He’s always been MY hero, I guess now I just have to share.