Republican lawmakers who were wounded in combat gathered on the first day of the new Congress for a group photo and to highlight their military service, saying they are “All American.”
Rep. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastReps. Greene, Roy fined for not wearing masks on House floor The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Texas's near abortion ban takes effect Absent Democrats give Republicans new opening on Afghanistan MORE (Fla.) shared a photo with freshmen lawmakers Reps. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawProposed Texas map adds two new congressional districts to Austin, Houston GOP seeks Biden referendum over vaccine mandates The Memo: Biden comes out punching on COVID-19 MORE (Texas) and Jim BairdJames BairdREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Honoring service before self News outlets choose their darlings, ignore others' voices MORE (Ind.) on the day of their swearing-in ceremony.
“5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American,” Mast wrote in his tweet welcoming the two new members.
Mast, 36, is a U.S. Army veteran who lost the lower part of his legs during an explosion in Afghanistan while working as a bomb technician.
Former President Obama invited Mast as a guest to his 2011 State of the Union address, where he sat in the front row with former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas to break ground Tuesday on presidential center in Chicago Michelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies MORE.
Baird, 73, served in the Army during the Vietnam War and lost his left arm.
Crenshaw, 34, is a former Navy SEAL who wears an eye patch ever since he was wounded in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. He explained in a video last month that he is “very self-conscious” about the glass eye he has, which is why he wears a patch.
Crenshaw made national headlines in November after “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson mocked him and his eye patch during a sketch.
Crenshaw later appeared on the show as Davidson made a public apology, calling him a “war hero.”
The freshmen class that was sworn in on Thursday includes 22 new members who worked for the CIA or served in the military.