Obama for his bravery. In his speech, Pitts honors the sacrifice of his fallen comrades. Since then, he has traveled the country as a speaker, sharing his story with veterans and students alike. In May 2015, he gave the commencement address to the graduating class of his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.
“Treasure the fact that you have just exceeded your first horizon,” he says, “search for the next one, and never back down.”
As a speaker, Pitts focuses on applying the lessons he learned from his experience on the battlefield to motivate others in their everyday life. He talks about courage as having the ability to move forward in the face of fear, and how courage can be found in everyday circumstances. He also stresses the importance of “shared purpose,” how your fellow teammates can push you to accomplish more than you thought possible.