This is the Soldier All of Congress Cheered

Obama hails the resilience of an Army Ranger

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First Lady Michelle Obama applauds as Army Sergeant 1st Class Cory Remsburg is acknowledged by President Obama during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Army Sergeant 1st Class Cory Remsburg couldn’t be blamed Tuesday night if the ear-splitting, two-minute standing ovation he received near the end of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address brought back memories of the day a blast changed his life near Kandahar more than four years ago.

That was the day the now 30-year-old Army Ranger ended up floating in an Afghan canal—Oct. 1, 2009—after a roadside bomb detonated nearby with an ear-shattering explosion, sending shrapnel into his brain and right eye, and putting him into a three-month coma.

Sergeant 1st Class Remsburg, who has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Capitol. As Obama detailed Remsburg’s progress, Congress—and the Joint Chiefs of Staff—roared their approval.

The commander-in-chief and Sergeant 1st Class Remsburg go way back, at least as far as presidents and grunts can go. They first met on June 6, 2009, in Normandy, during the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. “He was a strong, impressive young man, had an easy manner,” Obama told Congress, and the nation, on Tuesday night. “He was sharp as a tack.” That was the first of their three get-togethers before Tuesday.

“A few months later, on his 10th deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan,” Obama said. “The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move. Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, hours of grueling rehab every day.”

After more than two years in hospitals and rehab centers, Sergeant 1st Class Remsburg returned home to Phoenix, where he continues to undergo six hours of occupational, physical and speech therapy daily. “My fellow Americans,” Obama said as he wrapped up his speech, “men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy.”

Sgt. 1st Class Remsburg joined the Army on his 18th birthday, after his father, Craig—a retired Air Force Reserve firefighter—refused to sign the papers for him to join on his own at age 17. Now his father, sitting next to him Tuesday night, and stepmother, Annie, are Remsburg’s caretakers, as he continues his long march, back to being all that he can be.

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Obama and Sergeant 1st Class Remsburg meet, for the second time, at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland in 2010.

29 comments
ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

One thing that really stands out for this man Obama, he is so good in talking and pretending. The way he talks about the sacrifices of the military masks the many policies he implemented that is contrary to what he says. In short actions should speak louder than words.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

I am stunned that he was on his tenth deployment.  Tenth!

It's way past time to bring our military personnel home.

mshgosborne
mshgosborne

The applause would seem sincere if many of those same individuals had been as enthusiastic about keeping troops out of harm's way to begin with. 

budrojr
budrojr

What is missing here is the story.  This story has no point.  Guy got injured and is now recovering and coming home.  I'm left wondering what the hell Obama has to do with anything.

UnniN
UnniN

One of the few moving stories in recent times and there is only one comment to this story!!! 

What is missing, glamour? Can it be that people today are so wrapped in themselves that they don't actually care enough to speak about it? Are  we moving closer to being really insensitive and proceed with our lives with a "so-what" attitude?

camvan
camvan

The story of Army Sergeant 1st Class Cory Remsburg has brought tears to my eyes.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ReneDemonteverde

Another gentle reminder - I answered your questions but have not seen anything from you. You did see my answer's did you not?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette Then what ? Join the unemployed,  Miss Juliette ? While the dangers abroad is increasingly threatening to come to our shores ? It is OK for us women to stay behind and serve our husbands. We are expected to being nurturers. But men have to do what they want to do. Protect our country.

VSOP123
VSOP123

@mshgosborne  Well, many are happy that they can abuse and misuse the faithfulness of our soldiers so easily.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@budrojr

The story is that our military are sacrificing for this nation and other nations in the free world.  The price many of them pay is life long.  The price others pay is permanent.

That is the story.

Butter333
Butter333

One of the few moving stories? Are you kidding me? If anything, your comment shows your ineptitude - you don't pay attention enough to understand that there are so many other things going on in the world. Even there are other soldiers who've had it worse and yet they don't get applauded just for knowing the president. Care enough to look at the bigger issues here.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette @ReneDemonteverde Have read them Miss Juliette. And found them not worth reading. You use references that is false and according to what you like to believe. No, sorry you have not answered the lot.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ReneDemonteverde

Even death row inmates are only allowed one trip to the gallows Miss Rene.  If they live through the execution then they are done.  The law does not allow a repeat attempt at capital punishment.

Many of our service personnel see three tours to the battle field.  With each tour the odds that they will become killed or maimed increase.  When the number of tours become ten then the odds are you will get maimed or killed.

I would say that each service person who has put in three tours should be exempt from going back. 

postingonline42
postingonline42

@ReneDemonteverde this isn't WW2 or vietnaam, where we were fighting an enemy that wanted to come to our shores. We are helping people who eat human hearts and then post it on you tube!!! "But men have to do what they want to do." There was a facebook meme a couple months back of men in Syria holding signs saying things like "i didn't join the military to fight on the same side as al Qaeda". LET the "men" "do what they want to do", as you say... instead of forcing them to help our enemy.


Bring back the draft. when people who are not from traditional military families (america has a military CLASS!) are conscripted to do these things, then the truth about what they will do come out and matter to everyone.

Butter333
Butter333

They are not protecting the country. They are not spreading freedom. Your blind obedience is sickening.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Butter333 What is it in you people insulting others you do not know personally ? Ineptitude ? He might have made something more positive with his life than you, my friend

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@ReneDemonteverde

You invested possibly a whole three minutes to actually reading and understanding my answers to the questions you demanded I answer.  Your whole exercise was aimed at discrediting me and my perspective.  Since you couldn't do it by reasonable argument you used dismissiveness to achieve your goal.  You are completely disingenuous. 

From now on you can do your own homework and answer your own questions. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette @ReneDemonteverde  No, Miss Juliette. What you did was use other people reasoning to answer. No originality Use your own brain. If in the liberal world you consider that sufficient that is fine with me. If you think you won the argument so be it. So please answer my last  question. Does American citizens have the right to demand from the government to have their needs attended first before others ? Especially from those who came here illegally and broke the laws ? About those citizens who are willing to work menial jobs just to tide them over till better times come back. If so, why are we accepting eleven to twenty million more to fill up jobs which are non existent ? In the past they use to call it freedom from want. Whatever your answer is I will call  it even. Even give you the win you so desperately want. In Mexico they call that consuelo de bobo.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@postingonline42 Then what ? Would you trust a malcontent liberal with a gun watching your back ? Volunteer army is better, I am sure there are enough Americans willing to fight  for their country, without worrying about people like John the Horse Kerry, stabbing them at the back.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@postingonline42 Dont get me wrong. No, am not defending the Syrian rebels if only for the fact of the Syrian Christians who would be decimated if ever the rebels win. This time I am on Assad side if only for the sake of Christianity`s survival in the Middle East.

BlueDuck
BlueDuck

The Vietnamese did not want to "come to our shores."  In fact,  they wanted the U.S. out of THEIR country and mind it's own business. Just as they got rid of the French they got rid of the Americans and are now living happily ever after.

VSOP123
VSOP123

@ReneDemonteverde  


You are lost. Our crap policies created the hatred and the attention we receive from terrorists. We have only created more terrorists(yipee say the warmongers) by merely shredding women and children in other countries accidentally. We could have used drone strikes on specific people but instead we roll over entire countries.


Allegiance is for ones country. Obedience is given up to other men. This is how blind your obedience is to the next man in a suit with a title. Search utube for 'Rumsfeld Saddam". It's a clip of your master Rumsfeld having a conference and shaking hands with Saddam a few months after Saddam had just gassed the Kurds(this is what Saddam was hung for in the end). The meeting was about supplying Saddam with weapons in exchange for being our ally against Iran. Saddam took the rockets and then didn't do his part. Your obedience is just lame. They are nothing but greedy frat boys and I think you are too easily impressed. When small men and war profiteers are in charge of the world's greatest military you get a generation of shredded soldiers and families while the profiteers(the ones who aren't real men and women) satisfy their personal vendettas misusing our faithful troops and then fly away on Lear jets making book deals. They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to buy into it. I'd say "wake up" but you won't because if you've been asleep long enough it's just too scary.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Butter333 bin Laden ? Afghanistan plotting and planning while we sat here in our fat butt thinking and believing how dangerous can a small rag tag band of terrorist be in a God forsaken land with no means of transportation and communication ? Ring a bell ?Blind obedience to ones country is better than wide eyed questioning based on false premises.