President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta in the East Room of the White House, November 16, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) Two years ago today, the President presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta —the first living service member from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to receive it. During the award reception in the East Room of the White House, the President offered deep gratitude for his service, and candidly remarked how much he respected Sergeant Giunta: Now, I’m going to go off-script here for a second and just say I really like this guy,” said the President to laughter and applause.