Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White’s new mission

Taking the first step is what’s important, according to Medal of Honor recipient and University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate Kyle White. In an interview with VA News, the former U.S. Army sergeant talked about transitioning to school and civilian life after his time in Afghanistan, and reaching out for help with posttraumatic stress.

He explained that even though it wasn’t easy, becoming grounded in a new mission helped him move forward with his life.

“Military life, you know your daily mission, you know what you’re going to do. But when you go into civilian life, there is nobody there to tell you that anymore,” he said. “I kind of made my own mission. My next mission was a degree, and a job after that.”

White also talked about getting help with PTS and understanding that life can get better after experiencing the hardships of war.

“I did that, so many years ago, and things turned out alright for me,” he said. “It can turn out right for you.”

For White, moving forward and acquiring new goals is his driving force. So is telling the story of what happened to his unit November 9, 2007, in Afghanistan. He said he would never be able to fully grasp or comprehend the events that lead to him being awarded the Medal of Honor, but he is grateful for the opportunity to tell the story of the six Servicemembers who died in Aranas, Afghanistan, that day and to somehow serve as an example for other Veterans.


Reynaldo Leal

– Reynaldo Leal recently joined the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System as the public affairs officer. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004. Before coming to Continental South District he worked on the VA’s Digital Media Engagement team and was the State Public Affairs Specialist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is glad to be back home in his native South Texas, and looks forward to working for his fellow Veterans. He also looks forward to introducing his two sons to all the great fishing and outdoor opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley.



    Congratulations to Kyle White for his medal of honor. I can wish you the very best experience in college life and as a future professional. The very best of the cosmic in the presence of GOD and the most intense frequency of LOVE.

  2. Jim T.    

    I have nothing but admiration for this fine young man. The best of the best. I live in South Carolina just outside Charlotte actually. Just good to hear of such a great young man. All the best to Kyle.

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