The two-year anniversary of the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq passed over the weekend, and President Barack Obama marked the occasion by vowing to continue his support of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The commander-in-chief was on hand at Fort Bliss in Texas to talk about upcoming plans aimed at helping soldiers transition after returning home, according to The Associated Press.
The trip to Fort Bliss came two years after he made a similar appearance to announce the end of combat in Iraq, but this time around he discussed the challenges that troops face at home, mainly employment and healthcare. He also spoke privately with a group of military families who lost loved ones overseas.
"After fighting for America you shouldn’t have to fight for a job in America," Obama told the crowd. "To you and all you serve, we need to be there for you just like you were there for us."
The visit also comes just after Obama signed an executive order aimed at addressing the mental health of veterans and their family members. Among other things, the order allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to staff more counselors.