When Wars End, Our Work Begins

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As President of the United States of America, I applaud Barak Obama for his enthusiasm and passionate service for our country during his State of the Union address, and his devotion to our troops and veterans. While I would have liked to hear President Obama outline more specifics related to veteran issues as he spoke to the nation, it was encouraging to hear of the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan in the coming year.

This announcement by President Obama reaffirms the ARVets mission and reminds our nation when wars end and troops come home, our work begins by taking care of our veterans and serving them after they have served our country.

Friends, it is our responsibility to succeed in supporting these brave heroes, to construct the plan to pay the debt owed to them for their sacrifices. Transitioning from active military to veteran, soldier to civilian is challenging. We must be ready to provide them jobs, access to benefits and care for their battle wounds, both physical and mental.

President Obama proclaimed, “We will keep faith with our veterans, investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors, supporting our military families, giving our veterans the benefits and education and job opportunities that they have earned.”

Join me, President and Mrs. Obama, Vice President and Dr. Biden, ARVets and many others in joining the efforts to fight for our veterans on the home front.

To quote President Obama again, “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless these United States of America.”

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