The White House introduced two wounded warriors Monday as it touted President Donald Trump's accomplishments regarding America's veterans.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened Monday's daily briefing with retired Marine Corps Sgts. John Peck and Liam Dwyer flanking the lectern as they sat in wheelchairs. Both men served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Peck suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq, rehabbed in the United States, and returned to the battlefield in Afghanistan before he lost both legs from an IED. Dwyer lost his right leg and both arms, but doctors in Boston were able to transplant new arms onto his body over 50 surgeries.
"These men represent the best of America and remind us why it's so important to make sure our great veterans get the care they deserve," Sanders said. "Transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been one of the top priorities.
Sanders then rattled off steps Trump has taken to help veterans, a list that includes signing a bill last year to allow them to continue accessing private medical facilities along with VA hospitals. Congress is working on a permanent solution regarding that.
The VA has been plagued by problems in recent years, the most notable being the wait list scandal at VA hospitals that led to several veterans dying before they were able to see a doctor. Other VA hospitals were found to have unsanitary conditions.
"This should leave no doubt that the president is taking care of our veterans," Sanders said after referencing Trump's actions to help veterans. "They sacrifice for us and we should never let them down."
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