Monday, March 19, 2012
Thank them for their service
That was President Obama's message to troops at Fort Bragg in December, marking the end of the war in Iraq.
Today is the nine-year anniversary of the start of that war.
More than 1.5 million men and women served there over the past nine years. Some troops are still stationed overseas, in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
I'd like to ask you to take a moment today to reflect on the sacrifices our troops and their families have made -- and the sacrifices some are still making -- and invite you to leave a message to thank them for their service:
President Obama recently announced one of the largest increases in funding for veterans' health care in decades, so they can return to the care they need.
He's also working to make sure veterans get the jobs they deserve, taking executive actions and signing legislation that provides help for them to re-enter the workforce.
It's an important part of his promise -- not just to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end, but to honor our commitment to our service members.
And it all comes down to one simple principle: Because they got our backs, we'll get theirs.
Please take a moment to honor our troops' service on this anniversary, and if you'd like, send a message to thank them:
Major Ron Pierce (Ret.)
Director of Outreach for Veterans and Military Families
Democratic National Committee
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