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  • White House, Lawmakers Pay Tribute to Injured Warfighters during State of Union

    By Beth Schwinn, DCoE Public Affairs on January 22, 2015

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    President Obama delivers the 2015 State of the Union address to Congress

    Among the guests honored during the 2015 State of the Union address were at least two service members who sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during deployment: retired Army Staff Sgt. Jason Gibson and retired Air Force Capt. Anthony Simone. Jeff Saxton, the father of a service member who committed suicide, also attended the president’s speech.

    Gibson, who stepped on a hidden explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, losing both legs and sustaining a mild concussion, attended as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. Gibson wrote the president last fall to thank him for a hospital visit and to say that, after 21 surgeries and years of recovery, he could offer a piece of wisdom: “There is life after a traumatic event and good can come of all things.” Gibson said he has no permanent damage from the concussion.

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