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Iraq war veteran receives medals after 9 years

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Findlay native Sergeant JamesGoshe served our country for a decade and has been waiting 9 years for therecognition he deserves. Tuesday Goshe finally received the 8 metals and ribbons heearned during his service.

Sgt. Goshe is an Iraq war veteran who left the army in2005. He says until Tuesday he never felt like he could close the book on thatchapter of his life.

" If you earn something youget it," said Goshe. "It took 9 years; it could have taken 20 years. I got themnow, and I can close a chapter."

Thanks to the help of the HancockCounty Veteran's Service Office and US Senator Sherrod Brown, on Tuesday Goshegot what was rightfully his.

Sgt. Goshe says two medals thatmean the most to him include the Iraq Campaign medal and the Global War of Terrorservice medal.

"I want this thing with mewherever I go," said Goshe.

Family and friends watched asSenator Brown presented Goshe with the medals and ribbons he had earned.

"So we proudly present these toJames Goshe," said Senator Brown. "In front of his many members of his family,in front of this community, thanks for many years of service to the UnitedStates of America Sgt. Goshe."

Senator Brown says he is glad tohelp Goshe receive what's his.

"We go to bat for those men andwomen who served us," said Brown. "Because we need to serve them better than wedo sometimes."

Sgt. Goshe says this was a bigmoment for him.

"It took about 6 years before I actuallytalked about Iraq," said Goshe. "I finally went to the VA in 2011 and gotdiagnosed with PTSD and other minor injuries from Iraq. I've been thinkingabout those medals all this time and I'm a very proud veteran."

Goshe also says the ceremony wasfull of long overdue recognition he never received when he came back from Iraq.

"There's no homecoming ceremony,"said Goshe. "There's no thanks."

Sgt. Goshe hopes his story will inspire other veterans to look into theirmilitary records and request the medals they were never presented. 

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