Two soldiers injured in the Middle East received the Purple Heart medal during a March 27 ceremony at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center's auditorium.
"I'm honored to present this award to two heroes -- two men who both have volunteered numerous times," said Brig. Gen. Donald M. Bradshaw, the commanding general of the hospital and the Southeast Regional Medical Command.
Sgt. Khalid Wise, of the Georgia National Guard, and Spc. Brian Schaer, of the Iowa National Guard, received the medals during the ceremony.
Wise has been deployed twice -- to Afghanistan in 2003 and to Iraq in 2005. He was injured in a fall in September 2003 while on a counterintelligence mission looking for improvised explosive devices.
"I'm a multiservice veteran," he said. "I would do it again, God willing."
Schaer was injured in October while serving in Iraq. The vehicle in which he was riding hit an improvised explosive device.
Although he was wounded in the explosion, Schaer continued driving the vehicle until reaching his destination.
His thoughts during the ceremony weren't on what he'd done, but on "the men and women I served with who are still doing their jobs," he said.
Established in 1782 by George Washington, the Purple Heart was originally known as the Badge of Military Merit.
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