Brandon Tsay, the 26-year-old who disarmed the Monterey Park shooter, attended President Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
Tsay was present to send a positive message to his community, saying, "I want the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to be hopeful, and I think by sending me to the State of the Union that could draw some attention to the people in our community." Tsay has also partnered with the Asian Pacific Community Fund to raise money in his name to give back to the community.
Despite his newfound national attention, he says, "I'm still the same person, I'm still Brandon." In an interview with NBC News prior to the State of the Union Address, Tsay revealed he has gone to several therapy sessions to deal with his trauma.
“I still live in an anxious, fearful state where I want to project my feelings and emotions to connect with other human beings. And currently, I found the strength to find some professional help,” Tsay says. He adds, “In my environment, growing up, I feel that I was reinforced [with] the idea that I should … be strong, keep your feelings bottled up and try to be the male, dominant person in your house. But now that I have somewhat had time to process, I know now that I need to seek professional help because these feelings that came about with this situation are too much of a burden to bear by myself.”