On October 21, President Obama announced the end of the Iraq war while renewing the nation's commitment to honoring the service of our returning soldiers.
The President said:
“Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq—tens of thousands of them—will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end."
The announcement highlighted the previous veteran initiatives promoted by the Obama administration and called upon all Americans—including the Democratic Party and the Veteran and Military Family Council—to ensure we continue to work to deliver the benefits and opportunities our newest veterans have earned.
“This December will be a time to reflect on all that we’ve been though in this war. I’ll join the American people in paying tribute to the more than 1 million Americans who have served in Iraq. We’ll honor our many wounded warriors and the nearly 4,500 American patriots—and their Iraqi and coalition partners—who gave their lives to this effort.”
It's up to all of us to help our veterans and military families in their transition to civilian life.
Video of the President's remarks can be found here.