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Medal of Honor recipient inspires local students

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Kyle J. White spoke with students at Pebble Hills High School Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Kyle J. White stopped at Pebble Hills High School Thursday afternoon to share his experiences with Navy JROTC students and football players.

"He's practiced leadership, something that you can carry over both to football and JROTC," Jalen Washington, a football player and JROTC cadet, said. "Leaders lead from the front. Instead of telling people what to do, you've got to do it with them."

White received a Medal of Honor in 2014 for his heroic acts in Afghanistan in 2007.

White is an advocate for veteran education and mental health. He works alongside the Cohen Veterans Network to de-stigmatize issues like PTSD.

"I'm able to share my story and hopefully, just hopefully, I'm able to encourage even a few people to come forward and realize, hey, Kyle did this, he raised his hand, he got help and here he is today," White said.

After his message, some JROTC cadets said they feel even more ready to join the military.

"It really just strengthened my beliefs that the military will help me for my future," Washington said.

White also spoke with Fort Bliss soldiers at the Non-Commissioned Officer's Academy Thursday afternoon.

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