Wounded warrior amputee and Congressman Brian Mast welcomed fellow veterans and congressional newcomers Jim Baird and Dan Crenshaw in a tweet that is being widely shared.
“What do you get when you bring three Purple Heart recipients together on the floor of Congress? One awesome f*cking photo,” Task and Purpose‘s Jared Keller wrote in a report.
Included in the tweet is a picture of the three veterans and is captioned: “5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American. Welcome to Congress, @ElectJimBaird & @DanCrenshawTX.”
“Mast lost both legs in 2010 while clearing improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan; Baird, R-Ind., lost an arm while serving in the Vietnam War with the Army; and Crenshaw, R-Texas, lost an eye in a 2012 IED blast while serving in the Navy SEALs in Afghanistan,” Stars & Stripes reported.
“Each of the congressmen have earned Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts,” the report continued.
Here’s more on Mast, via his congressional biography:
Congressman Brian Mast is in his first term representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida.
Prior to his election to Congress, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years, earning medals including The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. While deployed in Afghanistan, he worked as a bomb disposal expert under the elite Joint Special Operations Command. The last improvised explosive device that he found resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs.
While lying in bed recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center, Brian’s father gave him advice that has stuck with him to this day–to ensure the greatest service he gave to our country and the best example he set for his children was still ahead of him. Brian took this advice to heart and dedicated himself to finding new ways to serve our country and his community.
And, on Baird, per his campaign page:
After receiving orders for Vietnam he was sent to the Panama Canal Zone for two weeks of Jungle Warfare Training. He was rated expert in the use of all weapons, hand to hand combat and jungle warfare.
He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army in the Republic of Southeast Asia (Vietnam) He received a Bronze Star with “V” device, two Purple Hearts w/ Oak Leaf Cluster for his courage and valor in the face of a hostile enemy(combat). His unit was the first unit from Vietnam to be selected for the United States Army Hall of Fame because of the courage and valor displayed by him and his men and how effectively they performed their duties in combat.
Crenshaw splashed on the national scene after a clash with SNL’s Pete Davidson who mocked him for wearing an eye-patch in a skit. After apologizing, Davidson and Crenshaw appeared on an episode together where Crenshaw said that more people should embrace forgiveness and civility in today’s hostile political environment.
Here’s more on his story, via his campaign page:
Dan has been featured on Fox News Channel, the Daily Caller, and published in National Review.
Dan is originally from Houston, Texas, and a proud 6th generation Texan. His father’s career in the Texas oil and gas industry moved his family all over the world, including Ecuador and Colombia. As a result, Dan is fluent in Spanish. From an early age, Dan knew that he wanted to serve his country with the most elite fighting force in history: the U.S. Navy SEALs. Dan graduated from Tufts University in 2006, where he earned his Naval officer commission through Navy ROTC. He immediately reported to SEAL training in Coronado, CA, where he met his future wife, Tara, just a few months later. After graduating SEAL training, Dan deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to join SEAL Team Three, his first of five deployments overseas.
On Dan’s third deployment in 2012, his life changed forever. After six months of combat operations, Dan was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was evacuated and awoke from his medically induced coma learning that his right eye had been destroyed in the blast and his left eye was still present, but badly damaged. Dan was completely blind and the doctors did not believe he would ever see again.
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