Dakota Meyer, a Marine veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a Medal of Honor recipient, speaks to soldiers and spouses at a jobs fair in Fort Campbell, Ky. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FIle)

Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a Scout Sniper and the recipient of the nation’s highest award for battlefield valor, the Medal of Honor, endorsed Texas senator Ted Cruz for president Tuesday.

Cruz, a leading GOP presidential candidate, announced the endorsement in a release, adding that Meyer will accompany the senator at a number of scheduled campaign events in South Carolina.

“Dakota is a man of great courage and principle,” Cruz said in the statement. “He has served our country dutifully and honorably as a Sergeant in the Marines. Dakota understands the extreme impact this election has on the future of this country.”

In the 2012 election, Meyer, along with a number of other high profile veterans, put their support behind Texas governor Rick Perry.

“This election is a turning point for our country,” Meyer is quoted as saying in Cruz’s statement. “In these dangerous times we need a strong, principled conservative in the White House.”

Meyer received the Medal of Honor for his action during a 2009 firefight in the Ganjgal valley in Afghanistan. He was part of an adviser team embedded with a contingent of Afghan forces when they came under intense small-arms and rocket fire. In the ensuing gun battle, four of his teammates were killed and Meyer rushed in to the ambush to retrieve their bodies and evacuate the wounded. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony in 2011.