On Saturday, army sergeant was awarded a Purple Heart after losing part of his leg in Afghanistan personally by the President Donald Trump.
“When I heard about this and I wanted to do it myself,” Trump stated during a ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
JUST IN: President Trump awards Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital. Such a touching moment. pic.twitter.com/d3hL7eVY0R
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) April 22, 2017
Previously that day, Trump posted on Twitter that he was going to Walter Reed.
Getting ready to visit Walter Reed Medical Center with Melania. Looking forward to seeing our bravest and greatest Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017
The President and the first lady Melania Trump after the end of the ceremony made a 90 minutes visit to the military facility.
Alvaro Barrientos a first class sergeant was wounded in Afghanistan on March 17 when an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in Helmand province, other three soldiers were injured.
Barrientos was accompanied by his wife, Tammy who received a kiss from the President Trump. Then the President pinned the medal on the sergeant’s left shirt collar.
The Purple Heart is awarded to service members who are wounded or killed in action.
Many on Twitter showed their appreciation to Trump for making the trip to honor Barrientos.
PRES GOES TO WALTER REED HOSPITAL. HE IS VISITING WOUNDED WARRIORS. PRESENTS SOLIDER WITH THE PURPLE HEART. THERE IS A PRES THAT CARES USA
— Larry Wolfe (@wolfeman50) April 22, 2017
Obama was on Springsteen’s Yacht playing Rich and Famous.PRESIDENT AND MRS TRUMP ARE VISITING WOUNDED TROOPS AT WALTER REED HOSPITAL.
— Nonni (@Camtemp) April 22, 2017
President Trump visits vets at Walter Reed. Former President Obama visits INMATES! See the direct difference of PRIORITIES in this President
— Peggy A Hubbard (@pahubb43) April 22, 2017
Trump pledged to support America’s service members and veterans during his presidency.
“Our veterans have delivered for this nation and now we must deliver for them,” Trump said in a February speech.
Trump also singled out Carryn Owens, whose husband, Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed in a January raid on Yemen that Trump had authorized.
“Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity,” Trump said then.
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