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Iraq war veteran receives medals after 9 years

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

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

Sgt. Goshe is an Iraq war veteran who left the army in 2005. He says until Tuesday he never felt like he could close the book on that chapter of his life.

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

Thanks to the help of the Hancock County Veteran's Service Office and US Senator Sherrod Brown, on Tuesday Goshe got what was rightfully his.

Sgt. Goshe says two medals that mean the most to him include the Iraq Campaign medal and the Global War of Terror service medal.

"I want this thing with me wherever I go," said Goshe.

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

"So we proudly present these to James 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 United States of America Sgt. Goshe."

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

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

Sgt. Goshe says this was a big moment for him.

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

Goshe also says the ceremony was full 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 their military records and request the medals they were never presented. 

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