President Obama Visits American Legion Convention In Minnesota

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 at 7:31 am

Speaking before thousands of veterans and their families attending the American Legion’s annual convention in the Twin Cities yesterday, President Barack Obama said the Americans who have have served in the military since Sept. 11 have put the nation in a position of strength and have earned their place among the greatest of generations. The President also talked about a plan he has to help soldiers who have returned from the battlefield find jobs.

Obama said the nation’s commitment to service members must continue after they return home. He outlined steps his administration has taken to combat homelessness among veterans and support wounded warriors, especially those with traumatic brain injuries. Obama promised that helping vets find jobs will become a priority, he promises to put a veterans agenda before congress when he returns in September.

“They have borne an extraordinary burden, with more than 2 million of our service members deploying to the war zones,” Obama told the crowd. “Hundreds of thousands have deployed again and again, year after year. Never before has our nation asked so much of our all-volunteer force — that 1 percent of Americans who wears the uniform.”

August has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan, where international forces have started to go home and have left Afghan forces to take charge of securing their country. A record 66 U.S. troops have died so far this month, more than the 65 killed in July 2010. This month’s death toll soared when 30 Americans — most of them elite Navy SEALs — were killed in a helicopter crash Aug. 6. One of those seals was from Chisago City.

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