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Iraq War veteran from ND honored with Purple Heart

FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- An Iraq War veteran was honored Saturday with a Purple Heart medal, more than three years after he was wounded in combat.

Local, state and National Guard officials presented Rusty Ouart with the decoration during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo.

Ouart suffered a traumatic brain injury from a mortar attack in 2008. It required extensive medical treatment.

The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. military who has been wounded, killed or died as a result of wounds received in action.

Ouart joined the North Dakota National Guard in 2006.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Saturday that Ouart "proudly answered this country's call to duty and willingly put his life on the line to protect our homeland and our ideals."