JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (Sept. 29, 2014) -- The 7th Infantry Division held an end-of-service award ceremony for a Medal of Honor recipient who used his recognition to urge Soldiers to get help for post-traumatic stress, here, Friday.

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, 34, ended his enlistment to transition to life as a civilian after 10 combined years of military service.

Carter received the Medal of Honor Aug. 26, 2013, for his actions in an October 2009 battle, in which a force of approximately 300 Afghan insurgents almost overwhelmed his unit at a combat outpost in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province. Eight U.S. Soldiers died in the fighting.

At the time, Carter served with the 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo. He returned to Afghanistan in 2012, as a Soldier in 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division.

Carter has been an outspoken advocate for Soldiers and veterans throughout Washington state, and around the country.

Carter regularly spoke in interviews and event appearances encouraging people to drop the "d" from "PTSD." Carter maintains that post-traumatic stress is a normal response to combat, not a disorder.

"I will continue to honor this uniform. I will always be proud of what it stands for," Carter said during a 7th Inf. Div. ceremony Sept. 26, where he received a Meritorious Service Medal.