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‘5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American:’ Wounded vets meet on first day of new Congress

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, former Navy SEAL. (Dan Crenshaw/Facebook)

Army veteran and Florida Rep. Brian Mast tweeted a photo Thursday marking the swearing-in ceremony of fellow wounded veterans and Republican congressmen Jim Baird and Dan Crenshaw.

“5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American,” Mast captioned the image in a post on Twitter. “Welcome to Congress, @ElectJimBaird and @DanCrenshawTX.”

The tweet cheekily paid homage to the congressmen’s sacrifices during their military service.

Mast lost both legs in 2010 while clearing improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan; Baird, R-Ind., lost an arm while serving in the Vietnam War with the Army; and Crenshaw, R-Texas, lost an eye in a 2012 IED blast while serving in the Navy SEALs in Afghanistan.

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Each of the congressmen have earned Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts.

Crenshaw gained notoriety last fall when comedian Pete Davidson mocked the veteran’s eye patch in a poorly received “Saturday Night Live” sketch saying he looked “like a hitman in a porno movie.”

“I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever,” Davidson added after the joke.

After facing outrage over the comment, Davidson apologized on the following SNL episode.

“The man is a war hero and he deserves all the respect in the world,” he said.

After Davidson joked in the sketch that Republicans and Democrats alike could agree the comedian was a jerk, Crenshaw joined the actor in a cameo appearance.

There’s a lot of lessons to learn here, not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another,” Crenshaw said on the show.

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The 116th Congress convened Thursday with Baird and Crenshaw serving for the first time at the congressional level. Mast has served in Congress since January 2017.

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