Bronx resident attends the State of the Union as a guest of the first lady

A lifelong Bronx resident had the honor of attending the president's State of the Union address.

First lady Laura Bush invited Julio Medina to the State of the Union because of his efforts to help newly released prison inmates get back on track. Medina, who once was a drug dealer and spent 12 years in prison, has a group based in Harlem called Exodus Transitional Community.

President Bush supports Exodus and believes programs that help former inmates should receive government funding. So he announced a proposal to provide $30 million to ensure former inmates get the services they need.

Following the speech, Medina got to meet the president. And to his surprise the president knew his name and thanked him for all his great work.

Medina says he hopes to get funding so he can expand his organization to the Bronx.

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