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Army Family Honors Soldier

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In Miles City, soldiers from WWII and those still fighting in Afghanistan are honored for their service.

The VFW Post 1579 presented colors at the VA Hospital as vets were given medals, pins, and certificates. Nineteen year-old soldier, Brendan Bartz, of Miles City was awarded the Commendation Medal for Valor earlier in September. His family attended Tuesday ceremony while he still serves overseas. "I was really happy for him. He done good, and this is what he wants to do, and I'm really proud. Yet, on the other hand you're a little scared, because it's a pretty big thing over there," Brendan's father, Doug Bartz said.

"He just told me, 'mom, I'm just doing my duty. I'm doing what I'm trained to do. I just went in and did what I had to get my fellow brothers out of there," Brendan's mother, Tami Christiaens said.

While serving in Afghanistan, officers said Bartz displayed uncommon valor in the face of enemy fire. According to military officials, he was moving through an insurgent stronghold with the Afghan National Army, when two Afghan soldiers were injured. They said Bartz faced enemy fire, while injured soldiers were taken to safety.