By Earnest Wright  |  04-23-2017   News
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Members of the armed forces devote their lives to serve the United States. The great sacrifice comes at an astounding price that very few are willing to pay. It is therefore important for every sovereign citizen of the United States to show some respect and appreciation to the service members in the armed forces.

President Donald Trump understands the importance of showing support to the heroes of our nation. Mr. Trump visited wounded U.S. service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday. Trump’s visit was the first as president to the armed forces hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington.

President Donald Trump was accompanied by his wife, Melania, Trump. They awarded Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos the Purple Heart. The medal is given to members of the U.S. military wounded or killed in battle.

Army Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos was injured in Afghanistan on March 17 when an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers. Barrientos's right leg was amputated.

President Trump showed love by putting his hand on the sergeant's shoulder and kissed the sergeant's wife, Tammy, on the cheek. Then he pinned the Purple Heart to the sergeant's lapel and clapped him on the back.

Mr. Trump told Barrientos that when he heard about the incident, he wanted to do it himself. He also congratulated Barrientos for the great sacrifice.

In his eight years’ tenure as President, Barack Obama made visits to Walter Reed a regular occurrence, particularly when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were raging. Obama ended up visiting the hospital more than 20 times.

President Trump also made a trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in February to honor a service member who was killed during an operation in Yemen.

Mr. Trump is scheduled to spend the weekend in rainy Washington. This comes amidst the critics for his frequent trips to his Florida resort, Mar-A-Lago. Democrats claim that he is costing taxpayers millions of dollars for travel and security.

President Trump's motorcade was leaving White House when they passed dozens of protesters gathered along its route holding signs for a March for Science being held in downtown Washington.

SOURCE:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-veterans-idUSKBN17O0IP

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