Army Ranger Who Has Been Deployed 10 Times in Afghanistan and His Special Bond With the Commander in Chief

The president pays tribute to Army Ranger Cory Remsburg during the State of the Union.
3:00 | 01/29/14

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Finally tonight, a rare moment of absolute unity in Washington. It happened late in president Obama's speech, not a line about policy or politics, but that deeply personal tribute to army ranger Cory Remsburg drawing the longest ovation of the night from democrats and republicans. ABC's Martha Raddatz on the American hero who brought our nation to its feet. Reporter: If the nation remembers nothing else from last night, we will remember Cory Remsburg. It was nearly five years ago when the president and Remsburg first met in normandy, the young, strong army ranger commemorating d-day. Days later, Remsburg would be back to Afghanistan, his tenth combat employment like so many rangers, only this time a massive bomb would leave him clinging to life, his brain badly damaged, his body party paralyzed. Months of trauma. But there was that picture, a soldier and his commander in chief kept next to his hospital bed. A photo that would catch the president's eye while visiting wounded warriors. He suddenly realized he had met this soldier before. He couldn't speak. He could barely move. Reporter: But Cory did not give up. Returning home to Phoenix -- How does it feel to be home, Cory? Unbelievable. Reporter: Mom and dad at his side. Every day working to get stronger. And then last summer the president visiting again, and that's when it happened. He wanted to show me something, and he leaned out of his chair, and he reached out and he grabbed his walker, and with the help of his parents, he pulled himself forward, and he stood up. And he looked at me, and he gave me a sharp salute. And he said, "Rangers lead the way." Reporter: Rangers lead the way, the army ranger's motto since storming the beaches on d-day. Rangers like Cory Remsburg who every day works to recover forever inspiring a nation that needs to remember. Martha Raddatz, ABC news, Washington.

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