Saluting Service in Iraq

President Barack Obama called on the American people today to provide new care, opportunity and commitment to the million military men and women who’ve served in Iraq.

After more than seven years, the United States “will end its combat mission in Iraq and take an important step forward in responsibly ending the Iraq war,” he said during his weekly radio address.

That responsibility, he stressed, includes caring for the men and women in uniform who volunteered to fight.

“What this new generation of veterans must know is this: our nation’s commitment to all who wear its uniform is a sacred trust that is as old as our republic itself,” he said. “It is one that, as president, I consider a moral obligation to uphold.”

He called upon the the nation to pay tribute to all who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, noting the two wars are America’s longest continuous combat engagement.

Visit to learn about the four ways you can join the President in saluting the men and women in the U.S. Military.