President Trump announces special guests for his first State of the Union address
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- President Trump has announced the guests who will be in attendance for his first State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night.
The guests include hurricane volunteers, police officers, and soldiers among others. Here is a list of the guests and their connection to the President, according to The White House.
Corey Adams – Adams is from Huber Heights, Ohio. President Trump hopes to use him as an example in his speech as someone who benefitted from Trump's tax reform initiative which occurred in December.
Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez – These three individuals hail from Brentwood, NY. Each of them are parents of children who were killed due to gang violence from the group MS-13. Rodriguez spoke to the New York Times and said that accepting the invitation to the State of the Union is not about immigration. "I want him to ensure that we're going to get the proper funding for the resources for our kids," Rodriguez said.
Freddy Cuevas – Cuevas is from Central Islip, NY. Cuevas and Rodriguez are the parents of Kayla Cuevas, who was killed by members of the gang MS-13.
Corporal (Ret.) Matthew Bradford – Bradford is from Nicholasville, KY. Bradford is the first blind double amputee to re-enlist into the military. In 2010, Bradford spoke to MySanAntonio and said that his only regret was that he couldn't go back into combat in Iraq.
Jon Bridgers – Bridgers is from Walker, LA. Bridgers will be representing the Cajun Navy - a group of volunteers who helped rescue citizens in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Advocate reports Bridgers founded the organization in 2016 to help those affected by flooding in Louisiana.
David Dahlberg – Dahlberg comes from Santa Maria, Calif. Dahlberg saved 62 children and staff members from a wildfire at the Pine Canyon Fire Station, according to The White House.
Officer Ryan Holets – Holets, who hails from Rio Rancho, NM, is a police officer who adopted a baby whose parents suffer from opioid addiction. Holets met the baby's mother when she was eight months pregnant and lived in a tent. She had been shooting up heroin behind a store during the chance encounter, according to CNN.
Ashlee Leppert – The New Orleans, LA native rescued dozens of Americans during the hurricane season. The White House says she reached their radar after they witnessed Leppert "lift a woman to safety in a helicopter." The woman was holding bags which Leppert thought were filled with clothing. Instead, the bags had four children inside.
Agent Celestino “CJ” Martinez – Martinez is from New York City and is a supervisory special agent for ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit. More than 100 members of MS-13 have been arrested as a result of his investigations. Martinez is also a veteran.
Preston Sharp – Sharp is an 11-year-old from Redding, Calif. who became upset after he noticed that not every veteran at the cemetery his grandfather was buried in contained an American flag. He has since placed an American flag on at least 23,000 graves, according to CBS News.
Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger – The Ohio natives own a manufacturing company who say that business has increased due to President Trump's tax cuts.
Staff Sergeant Justin Peck - Peck saved a fellow soldier's life after "applying a tourniquet, placing an endotracheal tube, and performing artificial respirations and CPR," according to the White House. Peck was in Syria clearing IEDs when one of them blasted off injuring Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy.