Arizona National Guard soldier receives Purple Heart

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PHOENIX – A soldier with the Arizona Army National Guard has served his country with honor and now he is officially a war hero.

Sgt. 1st Class Jasen Barcklay was awarded a Purple Heart medal in a ceremony Sunday afternoon.

"To be awarded this is an amazing thing, deep honor," Barcklay said.

Barcklay suffered a traumatic brain injury when his unit was hit by insurgents in Iraq on Sept. 2, 2005.

"We were on patrol and they started an ambush on us with a car bomb on my lead vehicle," he said.

Barcklay's squad returned fire and was able to suppress the enemy attack and secure the area.

Barcklay had to fight back tears as he took in his medal ceremony at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

"When I think about the award, I think of the ones before me that received it in Vietnam and World War II," he said. "To be on par with those guys now wearing the same award, it still hasn't hit me yet, but it's a great honor and a privilege."

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