Obama Honors Veterans in Arlington

The president promises to give veterans ‘unprecedented support.’

War veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, Elton Ensor (L), 82, and World War II airman Nicholas Quirarte (R), 91, enjoy a chat as they meet for the first time under the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) tent at the capitol mall, during the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in Washington, D.C., 26 May 2007.
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Jordain Carney
Nov. 11, 2013, 11:55 a.m.

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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