Trump welcomes wounded veterans to White House

The president welcomed the assembled crowd to the "people's house".

The White House hosted members of the Wounded Warrior Project and celebrated this year's annual Annual Soldier Ride in Washington, D.C. The ride, now in its ninth year, brings together wounded military veterans from across the country for team building and cycling during a visit the nation's capital.

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A Bradenton, Florida, Army veteran was one of 50 veterans honored by President Donald Trump on Thursday as part of the annual Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride.

Citing a source, CNN reported that Trump said "These are real heroes; I call them America's winners, because they are winners".

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"You've not only poured out the blood - and all of your blood, in some cases - for this country, but you've poured out the love from your souls and from your hearts", Trump told the veterans during a ceremony in the White House East Room. "You've earned our freedom with your sweat, blood, and incredible sacrifice". The Soldier Ride is a tradition that began in 2008. "We salute you, we salute your service and we absolutely the flag you have so courageously protected".

The ride will continue with the final 12-mile leg of the journey occurring in Chantilly, Virginia. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, 29.6 percent of survey respondents expressed physical activity helps them cope with stress and emotional concerns. About 1,000 wounded warriors participate.

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