Trump Personally Awards Purple Heart to Soldier in Hospital Bed

Playing Wounded 25-Year-Old Airborne Engineer Given Purple Heart by President Trump

Donald Trump stood at a soldier's hospital bedside to personally bestow a Purple Heart after the U.S. Army vet was wounded in Afghanistan.

The president arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington D.C., Thursday, where he visited 25-year-old First Lieutenant Victor Prato.

Prato was on deployment to Afghanistan last month when an IED exploded and caused his vehicle to roll over, causing the New York State native to sustain multiple injuries.

Trump called Prato and others like him "some of the bravest people anywhere in the world." 

Trump's visit to Walter Reed is part of a tradition of presidents visiting wounded soldiers during the holidays.

"We're just going to wish them a merry Christmas, a happy New Year," Trump told reporters. "We love those people."

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