On Tuesday, January 30, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol. President Trump and First Lady Melania will be joined by hundreds of politicians, reporters, and other esteemed guests.
Now, the President and First Lady have revealed who they have invited as their special guests to this year’s State of the Union. According to NPR, President Trump’s inclusion of several heroes in the military and law enforcement was his reinforcement of the theme of “building a safe, strong and proud America.”
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed who would sit with First Lady Melania at the event.
She said, “Some of these individual’s stories are heroic, some are patriotic, others are tragic but all of them represent the unbreakable American spirit.”
Here are the American citizens that Press Secretary Sanders highlighted:
Adams has worked for Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Ohio for over eight years. Last year, Adams and his wife were able to purchase their first home and invest money into their two daughters’ education, something that the White House attributed to the tax reform.
Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas
Alvarado and Mickens, the parents of Nisa Mickens, and Rodriguez and Cuevas, the parents of Kayla Cuevas, both lost their young girls two years ago. Nisa and Kayla were brutally murdered in 2016 as a part of a string of 17 murders by MS-13, a gang group that President Trump has consistently said needs to be stopped.
Corporal (Ret.) Matthew Bradford
In 2006, Bradford joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq. A year later, he stepped on an IED, resulting in a double amputation and leaving him blind. After many surgeries, Bradford became the first blind, double amputee to re-enlist in the Marine Corps.
Bridgers runs a non-profit rescue organization called Cajun Navy. It was founded in 2016 in response to extreme flooding in Louisiana. Last year, Bridgers and his organization helped thousands of people that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Dahlberg is a fire prevention technician from southern California. Last summer, he saved 62 children and staff members from a wildfire around a camp.
Officer Ryan Holets
Holets is a police officer in New Mexico. Throughout his six years in the force, he has reportedly been shot at twice and has almost died several times. He and his wife adopted a baby whose parents had an opioid addiction and the couple has been known to form a bridge that connects people struggling with addictions with the help they need.
Leppert serves as an aviation electronics technician in the United States Coast Guard. Last year, her role was pivotal in rescuing people during the hurricane season. One story that went viral was when Leppert was pulling up a woman in a helicopter basket. The woman had a few bags and Leppert thought that they contained clothes. When the woman got closer, however, Leppert noticed four children with the woman that were being rescued!
Agent Celestino "CJ" Martinez
Martinez spends much of his career fighting against transnational criminal organizations, including MS-13. He is a Supervisory Special Agent for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit. His work has led to over 100 arrests of MS-13 gang members. Martinez is also a veteran, previously serving in the Air Force and Air National Guard.
Staff Sergeant Justin Peck
Peck has served in the U.S. Army for the past 8 years. Staff Sergeant Peck has been honored for his bravery when he saved Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy's life. Stacy had been struck by an IED on the second-floor of a building and without hesitation, Peck ran to the "IED-ridden second floor" to rescue him.
Sharp is responsible for the Flag and Flower Challenge, a move to honor veterans in all 50 states. As of today, he has organized the gathering of over 40,000 American flags and red carnations to be placed on soldiers' graves.
Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger
These siblings started a contract manufacturing company called Staub Manufacturing Solutions twenty years ago. Last year, they expanded their company from 23 to 37 employees and acquired a new building. Due to the tax reform, they were able to give all of their employees sizable Christmas bonuses.
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