Welcoming our Troops Coming Home from Iraq

Posted by: Audiegrl

U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division race toward the border from Iraq into Kuwait Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. The soldiers are part of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

Good afternoon,

Shortly after taking office, I put forward a plan to end the war in Iraq responsibly. Today, I’m pleased to report that — thanks to the extraordinary service of our troops and civilians in Iraq — our combat mission will end this month, and we will complete a substantial drawdown of our troops.

Over the last 18 months, over 90,000 U.S. troops have left Iraq. By the end of this month, 50,000 troops will be serving in Iraq. As Iraqi Security Forces take responsibility for securing their country, our troops will move to an advise-and-assist  role. And, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all of our troops will be out of Iraq by the end of next year. Meanwhile, we will continue to build a strong partnership with the Iraqi people with an increased civilian commitment and diplomatic effort.

A few weeks ago, men and women from one of the most deployed brigades in the U.S. Army, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, returned home from Iraq. The Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden were at Fort Drum to welcome the veterans home and spoke about their personal experiences as a military family:

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Our commitment to our troops doesn’t end once they come home — it’s only the beginning.  Part of ending a war responsibly is meeting our responsibility to the men and women who have fought it. Our troops and their families have made tremendous sacrifices to keep our nation safe and secure, and as a nation we have a moral obligation to serve our veterans as well as they have served us.

That’s why we’re building a 21st century Department of Veterans Affairs.  We’ve made one of the largest percentage increase in the VA’s budget in 30 years, and we’re dramatically increasing funding for veterans’ health across the board. In particular, we’re delivering unprecedented resources to treat signature wounds of today’s wars—Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Our sacred trust to take care of our veterans goes beyond simply healing the wounds incurred in battle. We must ensure that when our veterans leave the Armed Forces, they have the opportunities they need to further their education and support their families.  Through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, some 300,000 veterans and families members have pursued a college degree.  Others are taking advantage of job training and placement programs.

My Administration will continue to do our part to support the brave men and women in uniform that have sacrificed so much.  But supporting our troops and their families is not just the job of the Federal Government; it’s the responsibility of all Americans.

As we mark this milestone in the Iraq war and our troops continue to move out of Iraq, I hope you’ll join me in thanking them, and all of our troops and military families, for their service.

Sincerely,
President Barack Obama

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10 responses to “Welcoming our Troops Coming Home from Iraq

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  2. paige

    I couldn’t be more happy to know that this is finally coming to an end! I wasn’t planning to welcome my husband home until november, so this is so wonderful to my family and I! I think this is the way things should have been done a long time ago. Its about time we use a different solution for these problems! 😀

    • Francie

      I am very happy for you and your family that your husband, and a father and a son is coming home to you and your family. I just pray that that your family never has to go through the pain and uncertainty of the fate of your loved one ever again. I also pray that we have left Iraq with honor. Honor for our country and our fallen soldiers that lost their lives in this war. We must give credit where credit is due. It took more than one man, more than one president to send our troops to war, and it also took more than one man, the president , to bring them home. It took many long months, many travelled miles by all representives of our government to bring these fine brave men and women home, and to these people , God Bless and thanks to every one of them. I also pray for the brave men and women, who proudly wear the uniform of our country, fighting terrorism in Afganistan that they will be blessed as well and return to their loved ones, with pride and with honor knowing they did their best. My childrens’ father served during the Korean and VietNam wars.

    • I’m so happy for your family, and please thank your husband for his service to our country. 🙂

    • SouthernGirl2

      Congrats on your husband’s homecoming and thank him for his service to the country.

      Blessings to you & your family!

  3. SouthernGirl2

    Bring The Boys Home!

    My little cousin didn’t make it.

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