Two years ago, President Obama traveled to Fort Bliss, in Texas, to mark the end of the combat mission in Iraq.
In his remarks that day, he talked about how part of ending a war responsibly is taking care of those who fought it. The President promised to increase support for veterans, to ensure that our wounded warriors receive the care they need, and to help servicemembers and their families find opportunities once they've returned home.
Yesterday, President Obama returned to Fort Bliss to reaffirm that promise and to discuss how ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will make America safer and our military stronger. It's a powerful message, and you should check it out. Here's the President's speech. Watch it, then share it with your friends.
The war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is winding down. A million veterans are set to rejoin civilian life in the years ahead.
As they do, they'll be able to pursue their education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Through the work of First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and the Joining Forces initiative, companies across America have already hired or trained 125,000 servicemembers and military spouses.
President Obama wants to see these heroes share in the American dream they helped to defend. He's calling on Congress to create the Veterans Jobs Corps, to extend tax credits for businesses that hire veterans, and to help our veterans find work as police officers, fire fighters, and first responders.