Transcript for Obama Discusses His Visit at Fort Bliss
Hi everybody out. On Friday -- visit Fort Bliss in Texas -- met with some are extraordinary men and women in uniform. To mark the second anniversary of the end of major combat. -- was chance to thank our troops of the outstanding work we've done over the last decade. Fort Bliss is home to soldiers who took part in every major phase of the Iraq War. From the initial assault on Baghdad. -- the years of fighting block by block. The partnership with the Iraqi People that helped give them a chance to forge their own -- and while the war itself remains a source of controversy here at all. One thing will never be and a the members of our armed forces are patriots in every sense of the work. They met every mission and performed every test that was asked of them with precision. Commitment and -- And now we -- Americans fighting in Iraq. It is my privilege on behalf of a grateful nation to once again congratulate these men and women and job well. This anniversary is a chance to appreciate how far we've come but it's also a reminder that there -- still difficult work ahead of us in Afghanistan. Some of the soldiers I -- -- just come home from the battlefield. -- others were getting ready to ship -- We've broken the talk about momentum in Afghanistan. And become the transition to Afghan lead. Next month the last of the troops are ordered as part of the surge against the -- Obama will come -- And by 2014 the transitioned to Afghan lead will be complete. But as long as we have a single American in harm's way we will continue to do everything in our power to keep them safe and help them succeed. That means giving them a clear mission in the equipment they need on the front lines. But it also means taking care of our veterans and their families. Because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for job or roof or -- head when they come all. I also told our soldiers at bliss that part of honoring their service means strengthening the nation they fought so hard to protect. We turn the page on a decade of war. It's time to do some nation building here all my grandfather's generation came back from world war two and helped form the backbone of the greatest middle class in history. They help this country come back stronger than before. Today's veterans have the skills the discipline and the leadership skills to do this exact same thing and it's our job to give them that chance. It's time to build a nation that lives up to the ideals that so many Americans thoughtful. A nation where they can realize the dream they sacrificed to protect. We need to rebuild our roads and runways supports. We need to lay broadband lines across this country and put our veterans back to workers cops and firefighters in communities that need them. And we need to come together to make America a place where hard work is rewarded and anyone willing to put in the effort can make it if they -- That's how we cannot -- our troops. That's the welcome home based on. Facts and have -- great week.
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