President visits Walter Reed Medical Center, pins purple heart on wounded soldier

(Sarah Sanders/Twitter)

The President of the United States stopped by Walter Reed National Medical Center on Thursday, visiting wounded troops and calling them “some of the bravest people anywhere in the world.”

During his visit, the president awarded a young officer -1st Lieutenant Victor Prato of the 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion- with a Purple Heart, in recognition of being wounded last month in Afghanistan.

The 25-year-old officer from New York was laid up in the hospital after sustaining multiple soft tissue injuries in a vehicle-borne IED (VBIED) blast.

Touched by the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders too to Twitter to speak about the event.

“One of the most powerful moments of my life watching @POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero,” she wrote. “Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces.”

The president also met with several sick and injured military personnel, attempting to spread some holiday cheer.

According to the Associated Press, the Commander in Chief told reporters that he was heading to the facility to “say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world.”

“We’re just going to wish them a merry Christmas, a happy New Year,” he said. “We love those people.”

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