Trump awards Purple Heart to service member at military hospital

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MARYLAND – President Trump awarded a Purple Heart on Saturday to an Army sergeant recently injured in Afghanistan.

The president was joined by First Lady Melania Trump as he pinned the honorary medal on Sergeant First Class Alvaro Barrientos’ lapel.

“When I heard about this and I wanted to do it myself,” Trump said during a brief ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He awarded the medal to Barrientos, whose right leg below the knee had been amputated after being wounded during a deployment in Afghanistan on March 17. He was wheeled into the room where the special ceremony was held, accompanied by his wife, Tammy.

The Purple Heart is awarded to service members who are wounded or killed in action.

Trump is also expected to meet privately with nearly a dozen other service members who are receiving care at the same medical center, reports The Daily News.

H/T: The Hill, The Daily News

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