Guaranteed Rate Salutes American Hero Ryan Pitts

Guaranteed Rate salutes the service of former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, who received the Medal of Honor from President Obama at a White House ceremony today. Pitts is the husband of Guaranteed Rate loan coordinator Amy Pitts in the company’s Nashua, N.H. office.

Established in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest award for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. Pitts was recognized for his courage during a battle with insurgents near Wanat, Afghanistan in July 2008. While wounded from grenade shrapnel and outnumbered, Pitts held off an enemy assault. Nine U.S. soldiers were killed in the battle and 27 were wounded, but Pitts’ heroic actions prevented additional casualties.  Pitts is just the ninth living recipient of the Medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Read more about today’s ceremony, including President Obama’s comments here. More details about Sgt. Pitts’ inspiring story are available in this profile in the Washington Post.

"Valor was everywhere that day and the real heroes are the nine men who made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us could come home," Pitts said in a short statement after receiving the Medal today, as reported by CNN.


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