Bartow, Florida -- U.S. Representative Dennis Ross awarded retired Florida Army National Guard member Douglas Ackerman the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge today in Bartow.
Ackerman was stationed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008, where he trained the Afghan National Police.
"The award is nice. It's a nice recognition. And having a thank you from a U.S. Congressman is a big deal," Ackerman said. "But, at the end of the day, you know, when you're doing what you're doing, you're fighting for the guys that are alongside you and have the same beliefs that you have ... that's really what it means."
The award was a long time coming for Ackerman. Five years ago, when he was supposed to be given the badge, he was given a different one instead.