Staff Sergeant David Bellavia served in the US Army for six years, during which time he saw some in the most intense fighting of the Iraq War. For his actions in Iraq, he was given the Silver Star and Bronze Star, and he was nominated for the Distinguished Service Cross. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2005 and was inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame the following year. He was awarded The Medal of Honor in 2019, the nation's highest award for courage in battle given to members of the armed forces. He currently resides in western New York.