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Obama Awarding Medal of Honor To Afghan War Veteran

U.S. President Barack Obama presents retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on November 12.

President Barack Obama is awarding the country's highest military honor to a former army captain who tackled a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan in August 2012.

Florent Groberg is being credited with saving the lives of fellow soldiers' lives with his actions.

He was also badly injured in the attack, which killed four people.

The 32-year-old Groberg has spent nearly three years recovering at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The November 12 ceremony at the White House will mark only the 10th time that a living service member has received the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Seven soldiers have been posthumously awarded the medal.

Groberg was born in Poissy, France, in 1983.

He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2001, the same year he graduated from high school in the state of Maryland.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters