President Donald Trump shared a heartwarming embrace with a disabled Army captain after his rendition of “God Bless America.”
At the Armed Forces Welcome Ceremony at Fort Myer on Monday, Army Captain Luis Avila performed the patriotic tune in front of the president, Vice President Mike Pence, newly-minted Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Trump and his team joined Avila in the chorus of the song before the president moved forward at the end to embrace and shake the hands of the Army captain and his caregiver.
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Avila was wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated while he was serving in Afghanistan in 2011. He is now almost fully paralyzed and must use a wheelchair.
Music therapy has played a role in Avila’s recovery, the success of which formed the focus for a study by the “Disability and Rehabilitation” journal.
The study found that “in collaboration with other treatment disciplines, music therapy contributed to improvements in range of motion, functional use of bilateral upper extremities, strength endurance, breath support, articulation, task-attention, compensatory strategies, social integration, quality of life, and overall motivation in [Avila’s] recovery process.”
Milley was sworn in as the Joint Chiefs chairman earlier at the ceremony, where he told the crowd that he would provide Trump and his team with “informed, candid, impartial military advice.”