NBC News   |  January 28, 2014

Obama Pays Special Tribute to Army Ranger

President Barack Obama’s talks about Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg during the State of the Union address.

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and we will all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families. let me tell you about one of those families i've come to know. i first met cory remsburg, a proud army ranger , at omaha beach on the 65th anniversary of d-day. along with some of his fellow rangers, he walked me through the program and ceremony. he was a strong, impressive young man. he was sharp as a tack. and we joked around and took pictures and i told him to stay in touch. a few months later on his tenth deployment, cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in afghanistan. his comrades found him in a canal face down under water, shrapnel in his brain. for months he lay in a coma. the next time i met him in the hospital, he couldn't speak. could barely move. over the years he's endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, hours of grueling rehab every day. even now cory 's still blind in one eye, still struggles on his left side. but slowly, steadily with the support of caregivers like his dad craig and the community around him, cory has grown stronger. day by day he's learned to speak again and stand again and walk again. he's working toward the day when he can serve his country again. my recovery has not been easy, he says. nothing in life that's worth anything is easy. cory is here tonight. and like the army he loves like the america he serves, sergeant first class cory remsburg never gives up and he does