Saturday, August 28, 2010

The President's Weekly Address: The End of Combat Operations in Iraq

From the White House blog:

With the end of combat operations in Iraq days ahead, the President salutes our troops for their service and pledges to fulfill America’s commitment to them as veterans. 90,000 troops have left Iraq since the President came into office, and by the end of next year even the troops taking part in the non-combat mission will be home. The administration is upholding the sacred trust with our veterans by building a 21st century VA, making it easier for veterans with PTSD to receive the benefits they need, funding and implementing a Post-9/11 GI Bill, and devoting new resources to job training and placement to help those veterans looking for work in a tough economy.

Join the President, Dr. Jill Biden, and even Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints in saluting our troops for their service.

Since I deal with the VA system quite a bit through my dad, my uncle and others, I can attest to the fact things are going smoother than they were. Payments are being made faster, and it seems the care is getting better.

We see more and more, caring doctors and nurses, rather than someone who is just putting in their time until they go home... and trust me it used to be just that way.

We owe these veterans everything. No matter how we feel about the wars, no matter that we supported it or not, we OWE our veterans. They are doing the job most of us couldn't and wouldn't do. They and their families deserve must more than we could ever repay.

This is one of those times, when it is difficult, I know to separate the warriors from the war... it is always hard to do that... but we must. We must remember our military every day. As I said they are doing a job a lot of us wouldn't or couldn't do. And they are doing it for each of us.

Please take a moment and thank a veteran, a military person, or the family of them, for their sacrifice, their service and their unselfish giving of their lives, or a portion of it for each of us. Because of them, we can criticize the wars, we can do lots of things people in other countries can't... because of our freedoms and the veterans who have fought, bled and died to preserve.


Sue said...

I hope this administration shines brighter than any other when it comes to veterans and their needs. For far too long veterans have been treated poorly and it's disgraceful. I think the next 2 years are gonna be filled with promises kept, the people just have to open their eyes to the truth!

Annette said...

Yes Sue, this administration has already done more for the Veterans than any in the last 50 years. I would say since Truman probably.. Biggest pay raise for the military in years too. Yet that is so often overlooked, not just by regular people but often by the members of the military themselves.