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President Obama concluded his State of the Union address by sharing the story of Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who suffered grievous injuries while on his tenth deployment. Remsburg has endured dozens of surgeries and countless rehab on his road to recovery. That did not stop him from attending tonight’s address, a feat that earned him a standing ovation of nearly two minutes.
President Obama’s remarks about Cory-
Let me tell you about one of those families I’ve come to know. I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack. We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch. A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. For months, he lay in a coma. 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, and hours of grueling rehab every day. Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye. He still struggles on his left side. But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again. My recovery has not been easy, he says. Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy. Cory is here tonight. And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg never gives up, and he does not quit.
Illinois Representative Tammy Duckworth wipes wipes tears from her eyes during the standing ovation for Cory Remsburg. | Larry Downing/Getty Images