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Arizonans invited to D.C., wounded Army Ranger in attendance

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Plenty of representation for the valley at tonight's State of the Union.

U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Cory Remsberg of Phoenix had a prime seat for the State of the Union. He and his father were sitting right next to the first lady. And the President mentioned him in the speech.

"Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain. Cory is here tonight. And like the Army he loves, like the America he serves, sSergeant First Class Cory Remsberg never gives up, and he does not quit" said President Obama.

Remsberg received a standing ovation and the longest applause of the night. Another Arizonan on hand, Amanda Shelly of Gilbert. The President highlighted her experience with Obamacare.

"A pre-existing condition used to mean that Amanda Shelly a single mother and physician assistant from Arizona couldn't get health insurance but on Jan 1st she got covered... on Jan 3rd she felt a sharp pain, on Jan 6th she had emergency surgery. One week earlier and that surgery would have meant bankruptcy that's what health insurance is all about."

Two other Arizonans invited for the speech Cristian Avila an immigration rights advocate and Joe Hudy a teenager from Anthem who caught the Presidents eye a few years ago with his invention at the white house science fair.

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