Laurie Wenger is the niece of Leonard Kravitz, one of the Valor 24 Medal of Honor recipeints. She was born in Brooklyn, New York shortly after her uncle lost life in Korea. Her earliest introduction to Leonard came through the stories of her parents and grandparents.
In March of 2014, she received the Medal of Honor in her uncle's stead. Laurie commented that it was an unbelievable honor for her and her family to attend the ceremony in Washington DC to accept the Medal of Honor on her uncle's behalf, who was finally recognized for the hero that he was.
She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in Elementary education and is currently retired.
She has a daughter, two sons, two daughter-in-laws and two beautiful grandchildren. Lisa is her one and only daughter. Her son, David, is married to Lauren and they have two kids: Mason and Allison. Her other son Michael is married to Jessica.