President Barack Obama has paid his first visit of the year to wounded troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Obama flew by helicopter to the hospital outside Washington and spent part of Friday afternoon with servicemen and women recovering from their injuries. The White House said he planned to visit 27 of the wounded and award eight purple hearts during his stay.
The visit came two days after Obama hosted Iraq War veterans at a gala White House dinner.
He praised those who served as heroes, welcoming them home two months after the last U.S. units left the country, concluding nearly nine years of combat.