President Trump stopped by Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Thursday and presented a wounded soldier the Purple Heart during his visit.
“One of the most powerful moments of my life watching @POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero.” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Thursday. “Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces.”
One of the most powerful moments of my life watching @POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero. Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces. pic.twitter.com/AtoaboF4DE— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 21, 2017
White House social media director Dan Scavino shared video.
Today, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump presented the Purple Heart to an American Hero, at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. pic.twitter.com/xvSg35Xs70— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) December 21, 2017
The soldier was identified as 1st Lt. Victor Prato from the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion. He was injured last month during a deployment in Afghanistan, after he was involved with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device blast and motor vehicle rollover. He encountered multiple soft tissue injuries as a result.
He is originally from Somers, N.Y., and has served for two years in the Army, according to Sanders.
The Purple Heart is the nation’s oldest military award and is delivered to members of the military who encountered injuries or were killed in action.
Trump visited the military hospital complex in Bethesda, Md., ahead of the Christmas holiday to meet with injured or ill service members from all branches of the military.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to meet with Afghan leaders and U.S. troops stationed overseas.