Trump Awards Purple Heart to Wounded Soldier During Walter Reed Visit

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President Donald Trump awarded the Purple Heart to a wounded soldier when he visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday.

Trump went to the hospital outside of Washington, DC to visit wounded troops ahead of Christmas, the Associated Press reported.

As he left the White House, Trump told reporters that those at Walter Reed are "some of the bravest people anywhere in the world."

At Walter Reed, Trump awarded the Purple Heart to 1st Lt. Victor Prato of the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion; the 25-year-old from Somers, New York was injured last month while deployed in Afghanistan following a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device blast.

Trump grabbed Prato's hand before he pinned the medal to Prato's shirt.

Trump visited other wounded and sick service members from each service branch. Thursday marked Trump's second visit to Walter Reed, where many military members receive treatment.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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