Cpl. Justin Crabbe, 22, received a rare visitor in his hospital room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., becoming one of the few service members to personally receive the Purple Heart from the president of the United States.
In a video posted to YouTube by the Crabbe family, President Obama, clad in hospital scrubs, is seen greeting the Marine, who lost parts of both legs while fighting in Afghanistan.
“This is a testimony to the high regard and honor the entire country feels towards you,” the president told Crabbe Monday as he bestowed the military decoration, awarded to those who have been injured while serving.
President Obama met with 38 wounded troops and awarded four Purple Hearts on his 11th visit to meet with wounded service members at the military hospital Monday. According to the Pentagon, 46,542 troops have been wounded in connection with the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.