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Stephanie Decker meets with President Obama in Oval Office

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Henryville mother who lost her legs protecting her kids from an EF-4 tornado walked into the White House Friday.

She said, "Being able to actually go into the Oval Office and walk arm and arm with Mr. President was a tremendous honor. It's been the highlight thus far of our journey."

President Obama sent Stephanie Decker a hand-written letter in the days after the March 2nd tornado and that led to the entire family being his guest in D.C.

Decker inspired the nation by lying over her two children to protect them from the storm, and has become an activist for amputees.

Decker's leg is similar to what the military uses to get wounded soldiers back in action, and she spoke about that to the president:  "What I want," she said, "is the military grade that comes out next year.  It is not available to civilians.  I think if we can open the door so I get the X3, that busts it wide open for everyone to get it, and that's my goal, that this has a ripple effect."

Decker says she also talked to the president about the need for strengthening parity laws involving insurance coverage for amputees across the country.   It was about a 20-minute conversation.

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