The dysfunction in government the last few weeks has been pretty depressing, but here's a story that will restore your faith in America.
Army Ranger Corporal Josh Hargis' lost both legs in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan that killed four members of his battalion and wounded 12 other US soldiers as well. Cpl Hargis' commander. When Cpl. Hargis' injuries were stabilized, a bedside ceremony was organized to award him a Purple Heart. When Hargis’ commanding officer pinned the Purple Heart to his blanket, the corporal, who was believed to be unconscious shocked everyone present by raising his arm in salute.
The CO wrote the following in a letter to Hargis' wife, Taylor Hargis: "Josh, whom everybody in the room (over 50 people) assumed to be unconscious, began to move his right arm under the blanket in a diligent effort to salute the Commander as is customary during these ceremonies. Despite his wounds, wrappings, tubes, and pain, Josh fought the doctor who was trying to restrain his right arm and rendered the most beautiful salute any person in that room had ever seen. I cannot impart to you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day. Grown men began to weep and we were speechless at a gesture that speaks volumes about Josh’s courage and character. The picture, which we believe belongs on every news channel and every newspaper is attached. I have it hanging above my desk now and will remember it as the single greatest event I have witnessed in my ten years in the Army."
Taylor Hargis, posted the picture and story on Facebook where it has been dubbed "the salute seen around the world." Josh Hargis is 24 years old and from Cincinnati. He has since been moved from Afghanistan to Germany and onto San Antonio, Texas where he continues to recover.