WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Deven Schei knows sacrifice and he knows bravery. Schei is a wounded warrior.
“The recovery never ends. It’s constant recovery. You are learning new things about yourself. Your injuries hinder things but you always find a new normal,” said Schei.
Schei was an Army combat engineer in Afghanistan when his unit was ambushed. He spent two-and-a-half years in the hospital. Now he’s a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project.
“I had hit a rough spot in my life and I really needed help and I asked them for help,” he said.
Schei is just one of the veterans President Trump honored at the White House Thursday.
“Our country, our values, our very way of life endures because of you,” the President said.
Trump thanked veterans and active service members visiting as part of the Wounded Warrior’s Solder Ride – a four-day cycling event.
The president says he wants to lead boldly when it comes to serving our veterans, charging his cabinet with making sure our nation’s heroes are treated with respect.
“I don’t think that there is enough that we can do for our nation’s Veterans. The debt that we owe them is considerable and I know the American people believe that,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs says he is working to regain trust and confidence from vets and build a system of accountability after years of mismanagement at the VA.
Another cabinet member, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is a former Navy SEAL. He said he couldn’t miss an opportunity to honor his fellow service members.
“Our wounded veterans that have paid the price on the battlefield, it’s just great to have them around,” said Zinke.