Yesterday, 25-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta hopped around New York City, receiving much-deserved congratulations on being the first living person to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. He appeared on NBC's "Today," hung out with Mayor Bloomberg, and caught up with Stephen Colbert on the "Colbert Report." He said of the praise, "It's been awesome and exciting and fun, crazy and nerve-racking and emotional and great. But it's also reminded us of a lot ... all the things people have given for the United States."

Accompanied by his wife, he visited City Hall and received a crystal apple in a Tiffany & Company signature box. Mayor Bloomberg also wrote on Twitter, "NYers are so proud of you and everyone overseas." Giunta was awarded the medal for saving at least two comrades during an ambush on Oct. 25, 2007, in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. He says there have been numerous career opportunities flooding his way since he was awarded the medal. "There's a lot of options coming in from the military and everything, and we're just trying to weigh all these great options and pick the right one for us. It's taking us a little big longer than expected."