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Mrs. Decker said on Friday she and Mr. Obama discussed an improved prosthetic model being developed by the military, and a foundation she and her husband started that trains children with artificial limbs to play sports.

Mrs. Decker said the rebuilding in Indiana has been slow, but her White House visit will be an encouragement. “To have the president know and (take) the time to talk to us, it gives us motivation,” she said.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports