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Exclusive: Medal of Honor recipient talks about future plans

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Former Army Sergeant Kyle White says he's seen things most of us wouldn't even want to think about, but for him, it was part of his job.

"It feels great to be back. I miss my own bed, my apartment," he said. 

President Obama awarded the medal to White in a special ceremony last month.

"It's my opportunity to get the story out about that day and the sacrifices made about that day because it was a largely unnoticed even in Afghanistan in 2007," he said.

In November 2007, White found himself in the middle of an ambush. Amid gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades, White pulled his battle buddies out of danger and called for help. White saved the life of fellow soldier Kain Schilling. Six others lost their lives.

White says one of the most important parts of his White House visit just a few weeks ago was standing before the families of some of his friends who died in Afghanistan.

"I remember after the medal was put around my neck and I turned back around to the audience and everybody was clapping, and I was facing directly at Matthew Ferrara's brothers. He was right in my eyesight and the only thing I thought about was all those guys who gave their lives that day," he said.

White is from Seattle, but he's been in Charlotte since 2011. He wants to stay in Charlotte, saying he loves the area. White says he eventually wants to work to help soldiers transition out of the Army. He believes his Medal of Honor will help inspire other soldiers.

"It's a light weight. It's just a piece of metal and blue fabric but it sits heavy around your neck. You know the cost that went into that day," he said.

For more on Kyle White, visit his Medal of Honor website by clicking here.

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