On Thursday, Dec. 21, President Trump presented U.S. Army First Lieutenant Victor Prato ’15 with the Purple Heart. Trump visited Prato at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where Prato is receiving treatment for his injuries.
Prato, an airborne engineer, was seriously injured on Monday, Nov. 13, while deployed in Afghanistan when his convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device. He has been serving in the U.S. Army for two years, and served as a cadet in the University’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
“One of the most powerful moments of my life watching @POTUS give the Purple Heart to this American Hero. Amazed by the strength and resilience of the men and women in our Armed Forces,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted. White House social media director Dan Scavino shared a short video of Trump pinning the heart onto Prato’s shirt while Prato lay in a hospital bed.
Trump visited other service members at the medical center on Thursday, having last visited in April when he awarded his first Purple Heart to another serviceman wounded in Afghanistan. He told reporters he was going to “say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world” while en route to the center.
The Daily Princetonian will follow-up with a more in-depth look next week.