Former President George W. Bush has been one of the most consistent supporters for wounded veterans across the country, and he proved it again recently when he surprised a group of them in Texas.
Bush, accompanied by House Speaker Paul Ryan, visited the Adaptive Training Foundation in Dallas to speak with the heroes about their injuries, their recovery and their service, according to KXAS.
The foundation helps veterans with life-altering injuries regain strength — a journey that can be painful and difficult, but undoubtedly made better by knowing that their former commander in chief cares enough to visit and encourage them.
Upon meeting the veterans, Bush offered a very simple, yet powerful message — “Thank you.”
“These vets, some of who were depressed early, say, ‘I am going to battle back,’ and I have hope when I meet people like this. It’s just remarkable,” Bush said. “And I am thankful for the people that dedicate their lives to helping the vets transition. I feel a lot of positive emotions when I come.”
However, Bush doesn’t aim to simply meet these heroes, but through The Bush Center, he has connected veterans with jobs, therapy and other services that can add to a veteran’s stress upon returning from active duty.
“So I always wanted to meet him. I just wanted to see him, just see him in person and thank him,” the wounded veteran said.
On that unsuspecting day at the Adaptive Training Foundation gym, Colon got his chance.
“I remember him, but he doesn’t remember me,” Bush said upon seeing Colon again, noting that he wasn’t sure the veteran was going to wake up from his coma the first time they met.
The former president praised Colon, calling him a “good man” who he was proud of — a sentiment that was reciprocated.
“When I saw him, I was like, ‘Awesome!’ I love that man,” Colon said. “If I could go again to war, under his command, I would do it. I am really proud.”
“I am proud to serve under you,” he continued. “I am proud of every scar, every injury,” Colon said. And if I could do it again, I would.”
Former President Bush is revered by the men and women who served under him for a reason — he was an incredible leader who cared for them and had their backs, above all else. They believed in his mission because it was the American mission, and his patriotism, to this day, remains unmatched — and unquestioned.
The fact that he has continued to support our veterans even post-presidency says everything about his character and his dedication to our country.
Let’s contrast W to Barack Hussein Obama. How many times has Hussein visited our wounded veterans since he left office? NONE!