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Soldier receives Purple Heart at National Hall of Honor

NEW WINDSOR – The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorated the 232nd anniversary of the Badge of Military Merit, the predecessor to the current day Purple Heart medal.   

Captain Aristeas Tzovaras of Guilderland was presented with his Purple Heart medal at the Sunday ceremony in New Windsor. He sustained a traumatic brain injury on July 16, 2012 in an IED ambush by the Taliban in Khost Province in Afghanistan.

 For Tzovaras, it is an honor to serve the United States by being a member of the Army even knowing the risks involved.

“I am not alone,” Tzovaras said.  “Every single person that has volunteered to be in the Army, to be in any military branch, understands the risks, but I believe everyone has their own reasons for joining. Mine, I saw September 11 happen; I wanted to serve my country. I wanted to do something good.”

Tzovaras, who graduated from Siena College ROTC program in 2010, joined the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.

He recently completed his fourth year in the military and is now attending law school.