President Trump hosted a group from the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization which offers free mental health evaluation and wellness programs, career counseling, and specialized support for injured veterans.
Throughout the speech, Trump looked directly into the eyes of those veterans around the room and thanked them for their bravery and their sacrifice.
“A nation is sustained through the service and sacrifice of patriots. Each of you is part of the long unbroken chain of courageous Americans who have answered the call in every generation,” Trump said. “These are amazing people – the military spouses and families.”
Trump said it is an integral part of his job and others in his administration to give back to those who selflessly served the country.
“There is no more important job than supporting the warriors who have fought and bled to keep us free,” the president added. “We must always protect those who protect us. The heroes in this room today come from every background and every single walk of life.”
The president also promised those wounded veterans to always support them and their families.
“My pledge to you, our noble warriors, is that my administration will support you and your loved ones and your amazing families every single day,” Trump vowed. “We’re going to fight that opioid situation harder than anyone’s fought it before. There is no more important job than supporting the warriors who have fought and bled to keep us free.”
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“There is no more important job than supporting the warriors who have fought and bled to keep us free.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 26, 2018
“My pledge to you, our noble warriors, is that my administration will support you and your loved ones and your amazing families every single day.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 26, 2018
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) April 26, 2018
And, per the White House:
U.S. Presidents have hosted participating wounded veterans since President George W. Bush in 2008. Last April, President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the First and Second Ladies welcomed 54 warriors to the White House before their ride. On April 26, President Trump will once again host a number of Soldier Riders at the White House ahead of their 2018 event.
As the warriors start their ride in Washington, D.C., they will not only work together, develop camaraderie, and build mental and physical strength. As they ride through the city, they will also spread awareness about the sometimes difficult lives of America’s veterans.
“Each of you has forged in battle the sacred bonds of loyalty that link our people together,” President Trump said before last year’s Soldier Ride. “Our country, our values, our very way of life, endures because of you, and it endures because brave Americans raise up in every generation . . . to fight for this country and to defend its citizens with every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears in their bodies.”
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) April 26, 2018
Trump pledges to support wounded warriors “every single day” after his pick to lead the VA withdraws his nomination. pic.twitter.com/lir2pUm69c
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 26, 2018
Check out the full event below:
Here’s more on the Wounded Warrior Project:
For many veterans, returning to civilian life can be a difficult transition. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is there to help.
WWP’s mission is to “to honor and empower Wounded Warriors,” which they accomplish by connecting veterans, their families, and caregivers to peers, programs, and communities that can help. The organization provides free mental health and wellness programs, physical health and wellness activities, career and benefits counseling, and special support for severely injured veterans.
In other words, WWP empowers warriors to live life on their own terms.
Now nearly a decade and a half old, Soldier Ride is one of WWP’s largest events. Described as a “four-day cycling experience,” these rides are held in communities across the country, with WWP providing hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles for participants with varying physical needs. The ride is designed to challenge veterans both physically and mentally, providing a bonding opportunity with other service members.