Welcoming Home Our Wounded Warriors at the Pentagon and Fort Belvoir

Earlier today, my wife Penny and I had the honor to join Defense Department employees, soldiers, military families and volunteers for the Wounded Warrior Welcome at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

The Warrior Welcome is a monthly event which takes places in the corridors of the Pentagon where hundreds gather to welcome home, thank, and pay respect to our brave wounded military personnel, who because of the serious extent of their injuries sustained during deployment overseas, were unable to be welcomed home with their units.

Following the Warrior Welcome, we headed to Ft. Belvoir, Fort Belvoir, Va., to visit with the Wounded Warriors of the Warrior Transition Brigade. While there, we met with soldiers and families during a lunch ceremony at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

The ceremony included catered lunch and gifts for families and children provided by the Cape Cod Cares for the Troops volunteer organization. I had the honor to present a Good Conduct medal to Specialist Justin Vining, of Danville, Pa., after meeting with him and several other soldiers from Pennsylvania.

It was an honor to meet and spend time with so many brave men and women.

Picture 1: Awarding SPC Justin Vining the Good Conduct medal, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Picture 2: With Cape Cod Cares for the Troops volunteer organization, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Picture 3: Wounded Warriors of the Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Belvoir, Va.

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