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Workers, Soldiers, Victims of Crime Invited to State of Union

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Monday, 29 January 2018 06:44 PM

The White House released a list of "special guests" for Tuesday's State of the Union address — including parents whose daughters were slain by MS-13 gangbangers, rescuers in hurricane and fire disasters, hero soldiers, first-time homeowners and sibling owners of a thriving small business.

Here are those invited to sit with first lady Melania Trump during President Donald Trump's address:

  • Corey Adams, a welder at Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio, who intends to use extra money from tax reform for his two daughters' education.
  • Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas, whose daughters were chased down and murdered in September 2016 by members of Mara Salvatrucha, known as MS-13, on Long Island, N.Y.
  • Ret. Cpl. Matthew Bradford, who despite losing both legs and his eyesight in an IED explosion in 2007 in Iraq, re-enlisted in the Marine Corps, becoming the first blind, double amputee to do so.
  • Jon Bridgers, founder of Cajun Navy 2016, a non-profit rescue and recovery organization, who helped thousands across the South after Hurricane Harvey.
  • David Dahlberg, a fire prevention technician in southern California, who saved 62 children and staff members from a raging wildfire that encircled their camp.
  • Albuquerque, N.M., Police Officer Ryan Holets, who adopted a baby from parents who suffered from opioid addiction.
  • Ashlee Leppert, an aviation electronics technician in the U.S. Coast Guard, who rescued dozens imperiled during the devastating hurricane season.
  • Agent Celestino "CJ" Martinez of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit, who was instrumental in more than 100 arrests of MS-13 gangbangers.
  • Staff Sgt. Justin Peck, who rescued and saved the life of a fellow soldier in Raqqa, Syria.
  • Preston Sharp, who organized the placement of more than 40,000 American flags and red carnations on soldiers' graves.
  • Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger, siblings whose manufacturing company has grown from 23 workers to 37 workers over the past year.

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The White House's "special guests" for Tuesday's State of the Union address include parents whose daughters were slain by MS-13 gangbangers, rescuers in hurricane and fire disasters, hero soldiers, first-time homeowners and sibling owners of a thriving small business.
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