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CNN) -- The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady's invitation to be her guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy -- with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday -- and their families.
"It's such a great honor to be invited to the State of the Union," Romesha, 31, told CNN. "I really feel bad about not being able to go. But a lot of these guys I haven't seen a really long time and I'd like to hang with them just a little bit more."
Originally posted by MysterX
By the way...is Obama surreptitiously giving the Sarge the 'finger' with his right hand?
edit on 12-2-2013 by MysterX because: error
Originally posted by jefwane
reply to post by schuyler
It's true that the services will often parade those awarded around in various ways. I remember seeing Junta in an Army recruiting commercial, but they can only do that while still serving under their enlistment contract or holding a commission. It appears that Romesha is out, I don't know if he's still in the Reserves, but even so, they really can't impose to much on him he doesn't want to do. A living CMH awardee could walk into any of his chain of command say "I want out." ,and odds are they would be obliged rather politely and quickly.