Obama: 'It Falls to Us' to Care for Vets
President hails servicemembers at Arlington
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2012 12:33 PM CST
President Obama pays his respect at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery during a Veterans Day ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. At right, Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Speaking at the final resting spot of thousands of America's servicemembers, President Obama paid tribute to Veterans Day today with a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a vow to do more to take care of those who have served. "No ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service," Obama said, adding that a grateful nation must commit "to serving you as well as you've served us."

Obama spoke with an eye on veterans of more recent wars, notes Politico, particularly the September 11th generation, "who stepped forward when the Towers fell, and in the years since have stepped into history, writing one of the greatest chapters in military service our country has ever known." Vowing to tackle a backlog in veterans' benefits, he said, "as they come home, it falls to us, their fellow citizens, to be there for them and their families, not just now but always."

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gomer99
Nov 11, 2012 8:30 PM CST
I don't give a rat's ass who started what wars for what reasons. These folks gave their all for their nation, for whatever leadership asked them to do, whenever......... Quit fucking with them and give them all what they need. Double, triple, .......whatever........the VA, and get rid of the officious assholes that man the gates. Every politician in DC will vote for such programs........fuck the cost, dump the bridges to nowhere and the studies of the three-toed piss ant....... Do right by the vets. Wounded Warrior Project is great.......but we shouldn't have to rely on it. Off your ass folks.......the ones demonstrating their care now need YOURS.
GeorgeL
Nov 11, 2012 8:04 PM CST
After looking at all of these blogs posted so far, I get the feeling that you have all lost the meaning of Veterans Day. It is a day to honor all veterans of all wars, who have sacrificed their lives or their futures to the cause of American freedom, they came from all segments of American society, rich, poor, Democrats, Republicans, whites, blacks, hispanics, men, women, gays, Catholics, Jews, and on and on. My 85 year old father is a veteran of WWII, and while I realise he didn't win that war by himself, he signed up for service (even though he was underage at the time), to stand up for what he believed in. For that I truely honor him, just like I now honor my ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. My brother is a veteran of the Vietnam war. I will gladly salute their efforts to make America strong and free. My greatest wish is that there would be no more wars so that we would have no more veterans, but as long as we do, we should always respect them and give them the support they need because they served their country. Without the millions of Americans we now pay tribute to, we would have no America
1freeusa
Nov 11, 2012 5:47 PM CST
careing for wounded vets is a necessary but unfigured cost of making war.... when will we learn to quit being the bully of the world and fighting for the oil companies..... Mr. obama is trying to remove the" wars for oil" card in the poker of world politics....