San Antonio Military Medical Center honored Staff Sgt. Edward Matayka for his combat-related injuries during a Purple Heart ceremony held Friday morning at the Warrior and Family Support Center's Purple Heart Garden.
Matayka, a member of the Vermont National Guard, was injured July 2, 2010 in Afghanistan while assigned to Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
While conducting a mounted patrol, officials said the combat medic was injured when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device resulting in his combat injuries.
Maj. Gen. William F. Roy, deputy commanding general for operations of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), presented the Purple Heart medal and certificate to Matayka.
The ceremony host was Col. Evan Renz, SAMMC's acting commander.
The oldest military decoration in the world, the Purple Heart is an American decoration awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy.