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Bellavia remains undecided about political future

The only difference between today and 2012 is that I'd be using an award to say 'Hey, look at me. This is something'.

July 09, 2019 - 8:50 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - David Bellavia remains undecided about a political future in the wake of his Medal of Honor.

In his return to WBEN's Bauerle and Bellavia on Monday, his first time hosting since receiving the nation's highest military honor, Bellavia said that he wants to continue to serve his country while he's enlisted in the U.S. Army.

"I ran for Congress and I lost," Bellavia said. "The people are never wrong. (The Battle of Fallujah) happened in 2004. I ran in 2012 in a primary. Everyone said 'You need to keep reminding people about Fallujah'. No. You're running for Congress. You need to keep talking about your visions and your ideas. The only difference between today and 2012 is that I'd be using an award to say 'Hey, look at me. This is something'. There are too many people that died and too many folks that mean more to me than to exploit the award. I'm not at that place yet."

He said he would run for Congress if he feels compelled to serve. But he also said he could return to the front lines of the Army if he is compelled to do so.

"At this point, I'm property of the U.S. Army and my job is to get out there and share that story and get as many people from all backgrounds to make a decision to put their country before themselves and get that next generation ready for the fight," Bellavia said. "The fight is out there."

When asked what would make him happiest, Bellavia said it is rejoining the military.

"Absolutely," he said. "I would love to be a squad leader again. I'd love to be with those guys....I miss those days so much and I miss those guys so much. I was so proud of what we were able to do. War is horrible. Combat is horrible. But those experiences with those guys are some of the best days of my life."

Michael Caputo on Tuesday launched a campaign website for Bellavia so that Bellavia would be ready for a run for Congress in 2020. Caputo said the website was created without prior input from Bellavia.

"David and I hadn't talked about it except on the weekend when I warned him it was coming," Caputo said. "David said 'Ok'."

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