This Tuesday, after more than seven years of war, President Obama will end the United States' combat mission in Iraq.
While the war in Iraq has at times been a divisive issue for Americans, one common belief has always remained: Our nation has a sacred obligation to our troops and the families who serve with them.
In his Weekly Address, the President discusses the end of the combat mission in Iraq and what his Administration is doing to support our veterans once they get home:
Since we took office, more than 90,000 troops have returned from Iraq, leaving a force of up to 50,000 U.S. troops who will support Iraqi Security Forces. By the end of next year, all American troops will be out of Iraq.
These men and women have put their lives on the line. They have spent months or years away from their families and homes. Many have suffered devastating injuries. And some who left for Iraq will never return home.
Including veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are nearly one million more veterans in our country than there were a decade ago. I can tell you that President Obama is 100% committed to supporting our troops and their families not only when they are fighting abroad, but also when they come back home.
That’s why the President has made one of the largest investments in veterans’ care and support in our nation’s history. Here are just a few things this Administration is doing to support our vets:
Improving veterans’ health care by modernizing and expanding hospitals, cleaning up and simplifying the claims process, and directing significant resources into treating Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Giving nearly 300,000 veterans and their family members access to higher education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Devoting more resources to job placement and training, directing the federal government to hire more veterans and encouraging the private sector to follow suit.
As our brave men and women return from Iraq, it’s important that all of our veterans know that we are a truly grateful nation. To all of our troops – Thank you for your service; you are true American heroes. To all of our military families – Thank you for your courage and sacrifice.
Vice President Joe Biden
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We are not at Peace, and it is not just Afganastan and Iraq...
In many many places around this Globe, "WE" are not right with this world.
Times are ripe for serious mistakes. We are making some, others are making some. Think.
Pulling out of Iraq does not make peace. It is nothing other than failure ot defend against evil. Peace is not the absence of your own people bearing arms and using force. Peace is the presence of justice, security, with no threat to your own freedom. As such, peace is WEAKENED by leaving Iraq, not helped.
But Biden would not know. He's just a buffoon stringing words together to sound good to the shallow minded.
you DO realize that he still has a war going in Afghanistan and that he's sending probes to bomb pakistan... without a declaration of war.
Don't get me wrong: i'm glad we'll be out of Iraq...
but don't call him a man of peace.
He'll be a man of peace when he denounces these wars.
But at LEAST, staying Iran for a year is something.
As far as getting out of Iraq---people say they have just replace the American soldiers with paid mercenaries.....it's still a terrible situation for Iraqi citizens!!!
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