Sgt. William Harlan was presented with the award in Washington D.C. Wednesday.
Harlan helped established a unit that guides troops through rehab. He also volunteers his time with the children of fallen soldiers.
The 39-year-old began helping others while overcoming his own injuries. His vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006. Harlan underwent 16 major sugeries to repair his broken bones. Even so, he chose to return to active duty.