President Obama says he will draw down troops in Iraq by the end of the month. He used a speech to the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta for the announcement. The President also promised to help veterans no matter when and where they served.
Mr. Obama told thousands of disabled veterans that he is revamping the VA system and is working to cut down on a claims backlog. He touted his increase in VA funding and said he’s pushing Congress for more and better veterans benefits.
“Every American who has ever worn a uniform must also know this," President Obama says. "Your country is going to take care of you when you come home.”
The speech was well received by Jacob Sheffield from West Virginia. He’s a disabled veteran and active in his local chapter.
“A lot of the things he’s mentioned he’s already passed," Sheffield says. "We probably got more out of this president than we got out of the last ten.”
After his speech the President attended a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee. Both events took place at the Hyatt Regency complex.
Reps. John Lewis, David Scott and Sanford Bishop, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond all joined the President for the fundraiser.
However, Georgia's most prominent Democrat, former Gov. Roy Barnes, was not among those present at the benefit. According to his campaign, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate skipped out due to previously scheduled commitments in southern Georgia.
President Obama praised the state's top politicians who did join him there, calling Mayor Reed an "outstanding young mayor" and Congrassman John Lewis "one of the genuine heroes of this country."