Photo of Etowah County Soldier Hanging in West Wing
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHNT) – A photo of an Etowah County soldier and his family is on display in the West Wing of the White House.
Army Specialist Josh Wetzel lost his legs in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan.
President Obama visited the soldier during his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in June.
Wetzel’s wife Paige, who is from Fort Payne, asked the commander in chief if they could pray with and for him.
The president had a photo of his visit enlarged and hung in the West Wing.
It is on display, and the Wetzels snapped a picture of the portrait during a recent visit to the White House.
You can follow along with SPC Wetzel’s recovery through the Prayers for Josh Wetzel facebook page.
The family provides regular updates and posts photos of recovery, including physical therapy and fun activities such as the White House trip and Josh and Paige’s visit with Boston Red Sox players on the field before a game against the Baltimore Orioles.
From the Wetzel family:
“Even if you are not an Obama fan, he came to the hospital to honor our wounded today. PLEASE no political rants on Josh’s picture of his big moment with our nation’s leader.”