Retired Army Specialist Tyler Jeffries took advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with some gentle nudging from two former presidents.
Jeffries and other injured veterans met the Bush family last week after being featured in the book, “Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed.” Former President George H.W. Bush wrote the book’s forward and invited the service members to his family’s compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
During the visit, the 26-year-old unveiled his plans to propose to his girlfriend, Lauren, later that night — but was encouraged to do it right there at the Bush family home.
So upon her arrival, Jeffries presented her with a ring, as both Presidents George H.W. and George W. watched. Later the couple also got another treat — in the form of a tweet from the elder Bush, congratulating them on their engagement:
Congratulating Tyler Jeffries and Lauren Lilly on their engagement, and wishing them a lifetime of joy together. pic.twitter.com/W7hjX3dgWL
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) August 10, 2015
“It’s pretty amazing to have a former president know my and her names and wishing us the best,” Jeffries told Today. “They’re just fantastic people, and they have nothing but love for the military.”
Jeffries said they haven’t made any wedding arrangements just yet, but they were reminded to add the Bush family to the guest list.
(WATCH video here or READ more at Today) — Photos: PRNewsFoto/Guerin Public Relations
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