The D.C. Council recognized the first woman from the District to be awarded the Purple Heart Wednesday.
National Guard Spc. Antoinette Scott was injured in 2003 when a roadside bomb exploded under the five-ton truck she was driving in Iraq.
She said she wasn’t aware of her injuries at first.
“My only thought was, I have to make sure that everyone was safe,” she said.
Staff Sgt. Anthony McKinney, who served with Scott, presented the Purple Heart Wednesday.
Scott proudly represents all citizen soldiers, McKinney said.
D.C. Council member Mary Cheh offered the award ceremony in part to mark Women's History Month.