Obama Says U.S. Veterans Deserve Sustained SupportLisa Lerer
President Barack Obama honored U.S. service members at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery this morning, urging the nation to increase their support for veterans of the country’s most recent wars.
Obama highlighted the service of the “9/11 generation,” saying that after their many tours of duty a decade of war in Afghanistan was finally ending.
“Even though this time of war is coming to a close, our time of service to our newest veterans has only just begun,” he told an audience of veterans and their families. “Even as we make difficult fiscal choices as a nation we are going to keep providing support for our veterans.”
Obama also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He was joined by first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill.
Earlier this morning, the president hosted a breakfast at the White House honoring veterans and their families.
In his weekend radio address, Obama said Veterans Day is a chance for the country to “say two simple words: thank you.” The president said since he took office the federal government has hired about 300,000 veterans. He also credited his policies with establishing a transition program to aid veterans in finding jobs, helping veterans earn college degrees, and protecting them from predatory lending practices.
Businesses have also worked with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to help 290,000 veterans and military spouses get trained or hired, and are committed to hiring an additional 400,000, Obama said.