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Obama Honors Veterans in Arlington

The president promises to give veterans 'unprecedented support.'

President Obama honored veterans at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.(Johnny Bivera/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Jordain Carney
November 11, 2013

As part of his Veterans Day speech, President Obama said on Monday that the country will be judged "not just by how well we care for our troops in battle, but how we treat them when they come home."

The president spoke at Arlington National Cemetery and used the speech to pledge support for current and past members of the military on a handful of issues, including making "vital investments" in the military despite sequestration; improving veterans' health care; and reducing the backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The department announced last week that it had decreased the backlog in disability compensation claims by 34 percent since March.

 

Obama also participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also attended.

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