Puerto Rican Veteran Honored With Purple Heart

Spc. Arael Lopez-Lopez received the Purple Heart Monday for injuries received fighting in Afghanistan on his own birthday 10 months ago.

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    Spc. Arael Lopez-Lopez stands with his family after receiving a Purple Heart at a ceremony in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The soldier was wounded in August 2012.
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    Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, opens the ceremony that kicked off a week-long celebration of the Army's 238th birthday.
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    Sgt. Sean Karpf and Specialist Cory A. Doane, two soldiers who also received Purple Hearts, sing the Army Song alongside Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Sgt. Maj. of  the Army Raymond Chandler III.
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    Spc. Arael Lopez-Lopez stands next to Secretary of the Army John McHugh as he receives his Purple Heart from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III.
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    Spc. Arael Lopez-Lopez' daughter, Yoselin, pins the Purple Heart to her father's chest from her mother Jennifer's arms.
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    Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III decorate George Washington's tomb with a wreath, honoring the nation's first Commander-in-Chief.
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