FORT BLISS — Three Wounded Warriors from Fort Bliss will attend President Obama’s inauguration and the inaugural ball. The Soldiers are now part of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bliss. They are recovering from their combat injuries.
They were chosen to go to Washington, D.C., because they are all Purple Heart recipients who represent the Army’s core values and the Warrior Transition Unit’s recovery and transition efforts.
One of the selected Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Joash Buenavista, said he was completely surprised when he was invited to attend. “This is still even a surprise to me. Just the notion of meeting the president is very exciting," Buenavista said.
Spc. Jon Blain Brancheau, will also be attending the inauguration on Jan. 21.
He said this is a special event in his life that he is excited about attending. "It's really awesome for military members to see that and it's not always an option," Brancheau said.
The 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss commanding general, Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, said, " We're very excited that our Fort Bliss Soldiers, our Wounded Warriors, have been invited to go to the inauguration. It's a unique opportunity for them; they are also representing our Army, Fort Bliss, and El Paso - and we appreciate that."