What do you get when you bring three Purple Heart recipients together on the floor of Congress? One awesome f*cking photo.
On Thursday, Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) shared this fantastic photo of himself with fellow wounded veterans Jim Baird and Dan Crenshaw during their swearing-in at the start of the 116th Congress.
Baird, recently elected to represent Indiana's 4th congressional district, lost his left arm while serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, while Crenshaw, a Navy SEAL veteran, lost his right eye to an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2012. Mast himself lost both legs to an Afghan IED in 2010.
"5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American," Mast, who has served in Congress since January 2017, wrote of his fellow Republicans and incoming freshman congressman. "Welcome to Congress, @ElectJimBaird and @DanCrenshawTX."
According to Military.com, all three of the men are Bronze Star recipients as well.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.