President, Congress Acknowledge Recovering Army Ranger

Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg (left) shakes hands with Secretary Eric Shinseki before the State of the Union address. Photo courtesy of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg (left) shakes hands with Secretary Eric Shinseki before the State of the Union address. Photo courtesy of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

If you didn’t see last night’s State of the Union address, you missed a touching moment that showed our elected officials can agree on some things like honoring Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg. The standing ovation the Ranger received lasted more than two minutes by some accounts. Here’s an account from the VA Blog – Vantage Point.

And there’s a special “shout-out” to the folks over at Tampa’s James A. Haley VA Medical Center for never giving up and helping Cory out of his coma.

By Renaldo Leal

Last night, after years of pain and rehabilitation, Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg sat with the first lady as President Obama delivered the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. His father and caretaker, Craig, was next to him in the House gallery when the president began to talk about Cory’s injuries and long road to recovery.

“Cory is here tonight.  And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit,” said President Obama.

What followed was a moment that united all in attendance and Americans watching at home. As Cory stood up from his seat with the help of his father, the House chamber erupted with applause. The smile, thumbs-up and a wave from the soldier to the commander in chief was not only endearing – it was a shining glimpse into how far Cory had come.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for him,” said Craig earlier on Tuesday as he and Cory visited VA headquarters to meet with Secretary Eric Shinseki. “There is a lot going on in America today, and if Cory’s story can add some inspiration to people’s lives … that’s what it’s all about.”

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