Medal of Honor recipient and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Dakota Meyer endorsed Ted Cruz for President, the Cruz campaign announced Tuesday.
In a statement from the campaign, Meyer praised Cruz and called the 2016 election "a turning point for our country." Meyer, who is the third recipient of the military's highest honor since the Vietnam War, added:
"I am confident that Ted Cruz has the ability and resolve to be Commander-in-Chief. His record of standing up and fighting for what he believes in shows that he is not someone who buckles under pressure. Ted is ready to led this country – and I look forward to help uniting conservatives and veterans behind this campaign."
Also in the statement, Cruz called Meyer "a man of great courage and principle" who "served our country dutifully and honorably."
Continuing his gratitude for Meyer's endorsement, Cruz said:
"We need to restore America’s leadership in the world at a time when Obama’s foreign policy has put America and it’s national security interests in jeopardy. I am honored to have Dakota’s support and have him as part of our team to help win the White House in 2016."
Meyer, age 27, received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in September of 2009. He received the prestigious honor two years later.
Cruz, who won the Iowa caucuses, takes the endorsement in stride as he continues his campaign before the South Carolina primary begins this Saturday.
"We need a Commander-in-Chief who works with our allies and makes it known that certain actions against the United States and its allies will not be tolerated," Meyer said.