On Monday, President Barack Obama awarded Carter the Medal of Honor for his heroism during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan.
Carter's father attended the ceremony; he says it was very emotional, and not just because his son was honored. He still chokes up when he recalls meeting the families of the soldiers who died in the battle.
"Every one of those soldiers that was there, the days, the weeks, the months prior, all contributed to making sure that at least some of them would come back," Mark Carter said.
Ty Carter is now touring the country to talk about his heroic actions and about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on U.S. soldiers.