For U.S. Army Sergeant Kyle White, the firefight began without warning.

White's platoon left a meeting with village elders in Afghanistan after an interpreter heard suspicious chatter on an Army radio.

On the way back to their outpost, White's platoon was ambushed. Over the next few hours, White put his own life at risk to save fellow service members during the Nov. 8, 2007 attack.

White will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month by President Barack Obama. But on Wednesday, the 27-year-old White of Charlotte was honored by North Carolina's military community.

During a news conference, White talked about the firefight that killed six servicemen.

After the ambush, he said he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

And he urged veterans suffering from the illness to get help.