Long-Awaited Award: Former Army Capt. William Swenson received the nation's highest military honor during a White House ceremony Oct. 15 after a lengthy battle in Afghanistan in 2009 and an even longer fight with Pentagon red tape. (Associated Press photographs)

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Long-Awaited Award: Former Army Capt. William Swenson received the nation's highest military honor during a White House ceremony Oct. 15 after a lengthy battle in Afghanistan in 2009 and an even longer fight with Pentagon red tape. (Associated Press photographs)