Joe Bacani was shot through the pelvis by a sniper in Iraq in 2007. His story is on the monument’s wall next to Bob Dole’s.
Martin said to Bacani, “It doesn’t matter if you’re famous. It’s what you’ve been through. So you probably earned it as much as Bob Dole did.”
“Oh. That’s humbling,” he replied. “Because I, I’ve always seen myself as just, like, a normal average Joe.”
A picture on the wall shows Bacani in a wheelchair, taken at his Purple Heart ceremony at Walter Reed. “Average Joe” Bacani is now a junior at Columbia University.
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Without ever meaning to, Joe Bacani (Columbia student veteran) has become the face of disabled American veterans.
Read full article here: http://nypost.com/2014/10/05/war-hero-shocked-humbled-to-be-featured-on-veterans-memorial/