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Medal of Honor Recipients

Tampa is hosting the annual Medal of Honor convention this week, with festivities kicking off Tuesday.

It brings together 46 of the 70 living recipients of the nation’s highest military honor, given to those who risked their lives during service.

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Recently retired Army Ranger and Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Leroy Petry delivered the main address Tuesday at a ceremony honoring student veterans at the University of South Florida. Petry, like many of the student veterans in the audience,  is taking on a new mission, college, starting a business and spending more time with family.

You can hear his full speech to the USF audience of about 200 people here: