Son of BF man meets Obama

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For the son of a Bosque Farms man, standing before "the boss" took on a new meaning for this military man when he found himself standing before the commander in chief at the White House on Feb. 29.

Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Five Kevin M. Purtee was one of 78 service members chosen to join President Barack Obama and the First Lady when the White House held a black-tie formal dinner and tribute to Iraq War veterans and their families, to honor them for their service to the nation.

Purtee is the son of Kenneth Purtee of Bosque Farms.

Iraq War veterans where chosen from all across the nation and represented the more than one-million veterans who served there.

Purtee, who earned a master's degree from Embry-Riddle University, represented Texas veterans of the Iraq War.

"It is a great honor to represent the National Guard and the state of Texas," said Purtee, who is a state aviation safety and standardization officer assigned to the Joint Forces Headquarters at Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.

The event was named, "A Nation's Gratitude: Honoring Those Who Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn."

Purtee served in Iraq from August 2006 to July 2007. He has more than 30 years of service in uniform.

"As your commander in chief, I could not be more proud of you. As an American, as a husband and father of two daughters, I could not be more grateful for your example of the kind of country we can be, and for what we can achieve when we stick together," Obama said at the dinner. "You taught us about sacrifice — a love of country so deep, so profound, you're willing to give your life for it.

"Tonight, we pay solemn tribute to all who did," Obama said.