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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 9, 2008

President Bush Visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, D.C.

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3:18 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: General, thank you for your hospitality and thank you for your leadership.

I come to Walter Reed to do a couple of things; first, to pay my respects to those who have been wounded. I've come to pay my respects to the healers and doctors and nurses, and thank them for their service. I can truthfully say that the health care our troops receive here is first-class.

President George W. Bush speaks with Sgt. Besiki Balakhadze, a member of the Georgian Army Coalition Forces, during a visit Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where the soldier is recovering from wounds received during Operation Iraqi Freedom. With them is interpreter Staff Sgt. Tatiana Ivanova, also of the Georgian Army Coalition Forces. White House photo by Eric Draper I've also come to pay my respects to family members that are praying that their loved one can get back on their feet and serve again, or get back on their feet and live a normal life.

It's -- this is a interesting experience because, on the one hand, you see the horrors of war; on the other hand, you see the courage of the people that have volunteered to serve. I marvel when I come to Walter Reed, I marvel at the fact that people say to me, Mr. President, I'd do it again. And you see somebody in bed who's been severely wounded, and they look and they say, I'm honored and proud to have served. They had one kid in there who got hurt pretty bad, and he says, I'm looking forward to getting back in uniform, getting back on the front lines.

America is lucky to have men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform and to serve to protect us. And, General, we're lucky -- and they're lucky -- to have health care that can provide for the wounded and provide comfort to those who need the care. So I'm honored to be with you.

GENERAL HAWLEY-BOWLAND: Well, thank you. You energize our staff, as well as the patients and their families, to get even better. So thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all. Thank you.

END 3:20 P.M. EDT

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President Bush stands with U.S. Army Spc. Daryl Sullivan of Dyer, Ind., as the soldier's wife, Sarah, takes their photo Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, during the President's visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where Spc. Sullivan is recovering from wounds received during Operation Iraqi Freedom. White House photo by Eric Draper
President George W. Bush stands with the extended family of U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Shepperly of Birmingham, Ala., during a visit Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where the soldier is recovering from wounds received during Operation Iraqi Freedom. White House photo by Eric Draper
President George W. Bush visits with U.S. Army Sgt. Pengchun Pech of Lynne, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where the soldier is recovering from wounds received during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Looking on is his wife, Leakhenavodey Pech, and 22-month-old son, Tommy, sit nearby. White House photo by Eric Draper
President George W. Bush talks with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Dr. Charles William Fox, Jr. (Retired) and wife, Jan, of Leesburg, Va. during a visit Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, with wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. General Fox, CEO of Project Hope, was injured by an IED while helping to build a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility for children in Basra. White House photo by Eric Draper
President George W. Bush is joined by Major General Carla Hawley-Bowland, Commanding General of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during his address to reporters Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, following his visit with wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. White House photo by Eric Draper


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