Today is Purple Heart Day, a special time to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women who have put their lives on the line for the U.S. The special award is the oldest military honor, starting in 1932. However, George Washington presented a similar award, called the Badge of Military Merit, on August 7, 1782.
It’s estimated that over 1.8 million Purple hearts have been awarded since it was established. The award is presented to military service-members who are wounded or killed in action.
It took him almost half of the day, but the vacationer-in-chief finally acknowledged this day of honor by tweeting:
“On #PurpleHeartDay I thank all the brave men and women who have sacrificed in battle for this GREAT NATION! #USA”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
Additionally, Trump has had the honor of awarding a Purple Heart to a wounded soldier. And during that ceremony, Trump famously “congratulated” the soldier for being injured and losing his leg.
Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos was wounded alongside three other soldiers on March 17th, 2017, after an Afghan soldier attacked them at a base in the Helmland province. Barrientos’ injuries required the amputation of his right leg below the knee.
Let’s be honest: Donald Trump only cares about Veterans when it benefits him. Remember when he dodged the draft because of his poor little feet? And then said that that he “always wanted” a Purple Heart, but that it was “much easier” to receive one from a supporter than earn the military decoration given to wounded and killed service members.
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