WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Donald Trump is thanked wounded veterans and soldiers for their service as he welcomed them to the White House.

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Trump called the service members “real heroes.” He addressed them Thursday as part of the annual Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.

The president said soldiers and veterans have “risked all that you have” to protect the country. He added: “You’ve earned our freedom with your sweat and your blood and your incredible sacrifice.”

The service members gathered in the White House with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their wives. Trump says he hopes to participate in the annual event for “about seven more years.”

The ride is a four-day event in the Washington area.

Another Solider Ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project will take place in Babylon, Long Island on July 21.

The Wounded Warrior project  is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and aid to military veterans that served on or after the Sept. 11 attacks. According to their website, the WWP has more than 100,000 alumni members.

Click here for more information, or to make a donation. 

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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