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REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY AND THE PRESIDENT AT DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CONVENTION

REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY AND THE PRESIDENT AT DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CONVENTION

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REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY
AND THE PRESIDENT
AT DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CONVENTION
REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY
AND THE PRESIDENT
AT DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CONVENTION

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THE WHITE HOUSE
 
Office of the Press Secretary
 
________________________________________________________________
 
For Immediate Release August 10,2013
 
REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY
 
AND THE PRESIDENT
 
AT DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CONVENTION
 
Hilton
 
Orlando, Florida
 
12:00 P.M. EDT
 
MRS. OBAMA: (Applause.) Thank you. Thanks so much.Thank you all. Thank you. (Applause.) Good afternoon,everyone. It’s so good to be here. (Applause.) We are soproud of you all. Thank you all. Please, I know you’vebeen working hard, so rest yourselves. (Laughter.)I am beyond thrilled to be here with all of you today,and I want to start by thanking Larry for that very kindintroduction, but more importantly for his tremendousleadership of the DAV and for all of his outstandingservice to this country. But most of all, I want to thankall of you here today -- the men and women who have servedand sacrificed so greatly on behalf of all Americans.
 
Truly, one of my greatest joys over these past fewyears has been spending time with veterans and militaryfamilies like all of you. I have laughed with yourchildren at barbeques. I’ve gone to baby showers withspouses. I’ve learned so much during my many visits tomilitary bases across this country. I’ve even smashed achampagne bottle to christen a Coast Guard cutter.(Laughter.)
 
And let me tell you, day after day, I have been soinspired by your stories -- so inspired. And I’m remindedof one of those stories today, the story of a young man Imet at Walter Reed. His name is Sergeant Winder Perez, andhe is 24 years old. Now, a year and a half ago, SergeantPerez was on a combat mission in Afghanistan, when he washit by an RPG. He collapsed, but the grenade stayed lodged
 
in his left thigh and it didn’t go off. Sergeant Perez’sfellow Marines ran to his aid and together they chose tocarry him off the battlefield to safety, even though theyknew that any wrong move would mean certain disaster.
 
Moments later, four pilots and medics chose to loadhim onto a helicopter with the live explosive still in hisleg, transporting him 65 miles to the nearest medicalstation. And finally, when they arrived, a nurse andexplosive expert chose to rush to his aid, finallydislodging the rocket by hand and giving doctors a chanceto save his leg -- which they did.Now, just that part of Sergeant Perez’s story tellsyou everything you need to know about the men and women ofour armed forces. But as all of you know very well,stories like these don’t end in the combat zone. Since hisinjury, Sergeant Perez has endured 30 or 31 surgeries -- hedoesn’t remember the exact number. He has survived a heartattack and an aneurysm, and he’s fought through hundreds ofhours of rigorous physical therapy to strengthen his leg.
 
And time and again, just when he’s regained thestrength to walk, his doctors have told him that it’s timefor another surgery, and then Sergeant Perez is back in awheelchair, starting all over again from square one.
 
But here is the thing: You don’t hear about any ofthat when you talk to Sergeant Perez. What you do hearabout is his mother, who he will tell you has stayed by hisside every single day. You will hear about his gratitudeto those who saved his life, to the family and friends whocome from New York to visit, and for the life he has infront of him.Today, Sergeant Perez is walking again. He’s threemonths into an internship with the Defense IntelligenceAgency, and he plans to spend the rest of his careerserving his country. And when asked about everything he’sbeen through, Sergeant Perez puts it all in perspective bysimply saying, “I just think you’ve got to get back up.”That’s all he said. “You’ve got to get back up.”
 
And as I look across this room, I see a group ofpeople who know how to get back up. No matter what you’vebeen through -- (applause) -- no matter what the strugglesyou have faced, you all get back up. And that is what
 
inspires me. That’s why, every day, I work to push myselfharder to live up to your example.
 
And that’s why Jill Biden and I are working so hard onJoining Forces, because we want to honor and serve you andyour families -- to make sure that you and your familieshave the educational opportunities you need, the supportyou’ve earned and the good jobs you deserve.
 
And if there is one thing that I want all of you toknow today, it’s this: You will never have to get back upall on your own. Not while we’re here, Never.(Applause.) And it’s not just us. You have got familieswho support you day and night. You have countlessneighbors and pastors, business owners -- I’ve met them --even strangers who will snap into action for you.
 
And one important person you have is a Commander-in-Chief who doesn’t simply understand your service and yoursacrifice. (Applause.) Let me tell you something aboutthis man, he carries your stories with him every singleday. I have seen it in his eyes when he comes home from avisit to a military hospital. I’ve noticed the extraenergy he gets after a military commencement. And I’veheard the emotion in his voice after he talks with thefamilies of our fallen. That is the well he draws from asCommander-in-Chief. You are that well.And that’s why he has stood up for you again and againand again, and it’s why he’s going to keep fighting for youand your families every single day. So ladies andgentlemen, please welcome my husband, our President BarackObama. (Applause.)
 
*****
 
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, DAV. (Applause.) Thank you somuch. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Do wehave an extraordinary First Lady? (Applause.) We will becelebrating our 21st anniversary in October. The firsttime I saw her, I knew she was something special.(Laughter.) She was a little more skeptical about me.(Laughter.) But persistence is the key. You just got tostay on it. Eventually, you can marry up. (Laughter.)To Michelle and Jill Biden and Joining Forces, we areso proud of the work you've done to help rally America

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