Latino Wounded Veteran To Receive Purple Heart

A Latino military veteran is set to receive the Purple Heart today, reports Fox News Latino. Spc. Arael Lopez-Lopez will receive the honor for injuries he suffered in Afghanistan during combat in 2012.  

Lopez-Lopez, who hails from Pennsylvania, will receive the honor today at a ceremony held in Mount Vernon in Virginia. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the U.S. President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in the military. Lopez-Lopez was deployed in Afghanistan from Sept. 2011 to June 2012.

The ceremony held today celebrates the U.S. Army’s 238th birthday and during it, Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh will lay a wreath honoring the “Army's first leader, General George Washington,” according to a written announcement.

“This wreath-laying ceremony is one of several events held June 10-14 in the national capital region to celebrate 238 years of our soldiers' legacy of defending freedom and democracy around the world,” also read the Army’s statement.

This huge honor won’t be the only one for Lopez-Lopez; according to FNL, others the veteran has received include a National Defense Service medal, a commendation medal, and an Army Service Ribbon.