Portman Honors Wounded Warrior With His Ticket To President's State Of Union Address

February 11, 2011 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rob Portman announced that he will be bringing Army Sergeant Kyle Petry to President Obama’s second State of the Union address as his guest.  Sgt. Petry was born in Oxford, OH and currently lives in Preble County, OH.  Sgt. Petry’s convoy was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province in August, and he is currently healing from back and neck injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

“Sergeant Petry has selflessly sacrificed for our nation and it is the very least I could do with my ticket to the State of the Union address tonight.  The sacrifices he and so many have made in defense of our nation make possible the representative government that tonight’s State of the Union symbolizes.  I am honored to meet Sgt. Petry today, and proud he is able to attend this historic event,” said Portman.

Each United States Senator is allowed one guest for the President’s State of the Union address.