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William Swenson stands with a group of World War II veterans during a 10th Mountain Division ceremony at the WWII Memorial Sunday in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)
William Swenson stands with a group of World War II veterans during a 10th Mountain Division ceremony at the WWII Memorial Sunday in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Former Army Capt. William Swenson will be presented with the nation's highest military honor at the White House today.

The first Army officer to be given the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam war, when President Obama hangs the medal around Swenson's neck it will be the end of a rocky road.

Swenson is credited with risking his life to save fellow troops and recover bodies during a battle in Afghanistan in 2009.

Since then, Swenson has waged a bitter dispute with the military over the narrative of the battle, a fight which cast doubt on the exploits of Dakota Meyers, a Marine who has already received the Medal of Honor for what he did in that same battle.

Washington Post reporter, David Nakamura talks with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti about the path Swenson has had to go down to get to the Medal of Honor he will receive today.

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This segment aired on October 15, 2013.

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